July 26, 2021

 

HOT WEATHER CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE

 

The National Weather Service says the hot weather pattern will remain with us through most of this week. Heat indices are expected to rise to 95-100 degrees this afternoon and into the 95-105 degree category Tuesday through Friday in most of our areas. . Non-severe thunderstorms are also possible today south of I-70 for the most part. A slightly better chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday for most all of us.

 

MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SATURDAY

 

A Seymour, Indiana man was seriously injured at 11:25 am Saturday morning in Montgomery County. The patrol said 68 year old Ronald Kleber was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after his westbound motorcycle traveled off Interstate 70 at the 168 mile marker and overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver. Troopers were assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING ON DOVE DRIVE SATURDAY

 

At approximately 8:06 p.m. on Saturday night, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3300 block of Dove Dr. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with a serious gunshot wound and called for EMS to assist.  The male victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of those injuries. Columbia Police say there is no suspect description available at this time, but since this is an ongoing incident, more may become available later and if you know something, say something! Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

COVID-19 STATEWIDE NUMBERS

 

Statewide, Missouri now has a seven day COVID-19 positivity rate of 14.7 as of Sunday. The increase in positivity comes along with 1,253 additional confirmed cases bringing the total to 557,109 since the start of pandemic. Health officials also recorded 367 new probable cases with a total number of 106,018 antigen test results being positive. No new deaths were recorded Sunday. DHSS has recorded a total of 9,557 deaths in the state since the start of the virus.

 

 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- July 24-25, 2021

 

NEW BRIDGE OPENS ON ROUTE P IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Motorists now have the opportunity to drive across the new bridge on Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Route K near Americus in Montgomery County. The bridge closed in May to undergo replacement.  The new bridge is four foot wider than the previous one for added safety.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

TEMPORARILY CLOSURE PLANNED FOR ROUTE FF IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, July 26-27, MoDOT crews will be performing roadwork on Route FF in Montgomery County.  The route will be closed from Bellville Road to New Truxton Road between 7am and 3:30pm daily while work is being completed.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes.

 




July 22, 2021

 

FULTON MAN FACING NUMEROUS CHARGES AFTER HITTING CASEWORKER AND OFFICER WITH VEHICLE

 

KMIZ TV in Columbia says Fulton police arrested a man Wednesday they say hit a caseworker and officer with a vehicle. Officers report Charles McMasters entered the caseworker's vehicle drove the vehicle, hitting the caseworker and an officer     on the scene. Both were knocked to the ground and suffered moderate injuries. Officials say McMasters drove away in the stolen vehicle and led officers on a pursuit west of Fulton towards Columbia on Route F and then onto Route WW before spike strips were used to disable the vehicle near Legion Drive and Rt WW near Columbia. McMasters was arrested and taken to Callaway County Jail. He was arrested on suspicion of charges including tampering first-degree, resisting arrest, careless and imprudent driving, first-degree assault with a vehicle, first-degree assault on law enforcement and felony property damage. The investigation is ongoing.

 

DELI STAR ESTABLISHES NEW HEADQUARTERS IN ST. LOUIS, BRINGING 475 JOBS TO MISSOURI

 

Deli Star Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of prepared meal proteins and deli solutions, announced Tuesday that it will locate its new headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The new facility represents more than $99 million in capital investment and will bring 475 jobs to Missouri.

Construction is set to begin on the facility this summer, and Deli Star plans to begin production at the facility in early 2022. The 110,000 sq. ft. facility will produce Deli Star’s world-class proteins, including sous-vide proteins, slow cooked meats, deli logs, protein salads, sauces, and plant-based proteins. 

Headquartered for 34 years in Fayetteville, Illinois, Deli Star’s production facilities were destroyed by a fire in January 2021. The fire forced Deli Star executives to begin a search for new location opportunities, exploring local, regional, and out-of-state options. After an extensive, highly competitive search, Deli Star chose to continue business operations in the Greater St. Louis region, thanks in part to its highly skilled and available talent pool, low business costs, and world-class quality of living.

Because its new location in St. Louis City includes an existing building, Deli Star can quickly resume its production operations after only a few months of renovations. The short turnaround will allow the company to get back to its valued customers and business sooner, as well as create new opportunities to expand and innovate.

The new facility is located just a few miles east of the company’s new Food Discovery Center, a unique food research and development hub. The close proximity of the two facilities will drive innovation and collaboration with local companies and organizations, including a new job training program with St. Louis Public Schools.

For its relocation, Deli Star used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. Deli Star is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses of all sizes with their recruitment and training needs.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office posted on social media recently the following investigations, arrests, calls and more for the period 07/09/2021 – 07/15/2021 …

On July 10, 2021, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Big Springs area. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

On July 13, 2021, Deputies stopped a vehicle north of Montgomery City. The driver was arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license and for a failure to appear warrant, original charge, Felony Driving while Revoked.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to High Hill for a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner walked out of their residence, that morning, and discovered their Gray 2018 Ford Explorer stolen. If you have any information, whether it being a suspicious person or activity, please contact dispatch at 573-564-3378 and request a deputy. This investigation is on-going.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to Graham Cave State Park for a report of a suspicious person at the park. Deputies on scene identified the subject and confirmed a Felony Probation Violation Warrant with NO BOND. The subject was arrested and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

On July 14, 2021, Deputies responded to Pinnacle Lake Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Through the course of the investigation Deputies located the suspect vehicle, but it was empty. The driver of the vehicle was later located in the woods where he had been hiding. In further speaking with the subject deputies recognized the subject was experiencing a mental health crisis. Deputies were able to coordinate with a mental health facility and get the subject the subject the treatment he needed.

In July 15, 2021, Deputies responded to the Wellsville area for a report of a person acting suspicious. The subject acting suspicious drove to a residence at the end of a dead end road. The subject appeared lost and couldn’t give any true reason of driving to this area from outside Montgomery County. Deputies arrived on scene and through Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.); Deputies were able to determine the subject was suffering from a mental health emergency and were able to keep the subject calm. Located in the vehicle, was also a 4 week old infant. The infant had no injuries when checked by EMS. Deputies took custody of infant until the arrival of the Children’s Division. The subject was taken to the hospital for the mental health emergency.

Calls for the Week:
Suspicious Person – McKittrick
Suspicious Person – Montgomery City
Civil Stand-by – Bellflower
Citizen Assist – New Florence
Public Service Request – Jonesburg
Child Abuse/Neglect - Montgomery City
Burglary – High Hill
C & I – I 70
Motorist Assist – High Hill
911 Accidental - Jonesburg
911 Accidental - Jonesburg
Trespassing – Danville
Alarm – High Hill
Fraud – Jonesburg
Check Well Being – Jonesburg
C & I – New Florence
C & I – Hermann
Animal Complaint – Hermann
Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg
911 Open Line – Truxton
Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City
Suspicious Person – New Florence
911 Accidental - Truxton
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
911 Open Line – Montgomery City
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence
911 Accidental – I 70
911 Accidental – High Hill
911 Accidental – I 70
C & I – I 70
Disturbance – New Florence
Unwanted Subject – New Florence
911 Open Line – Jonesburg
911 Accidental - Truxton
911 Accidental - Truxton
Motorist Assist – New Florence
Assist Other Agency – I 70
Vehicle Fire – I 70 WB
Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 175 mm
Motorist Assist – I 70 WB 177 mm
Disturbance – Montgomery City
Traffic Hazard – Rhineland
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 WB 186 mm
Fraud – Danville
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 182 mm
Assist MSHP Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70
Motorist Assist – I 70
Assist Other Agency – I 70
Motorist Assist - I 70
Citizen Assist – Jonesburg
Arrest – New Florence
Motorist Assist – I 70
Suspicious Person – Wellsville
Check Well Being – Jonesburg
Leave Without Pay – New Florence
Stolen Vehicle – High Hill
911 Accidental – Unknown
C & I – High hill
Check Well Being – Montgomery City
Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg
Disturbance – Rhineland
911 Accidental – Jonesburg
Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 EB 172 mm
Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill
Assist Other Agency – I 70 EB 150 mm
Unwanted Subject – Wellsville
Pedestrian Check – Montgomery City
Motorist Assist – High Hill
Abandoned Vehicle – Montgomery City
Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence
Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City
Animal Abuse/Neglect – Danville
Abandoned Vehicle – Wellsville
Citizen Assist – New Florence
Suspicious Vehicle - Jonesburg
Damage to County Vehicle - New Florence
Driving While Revoked - Big Spring
Forgery - Montgomery City
Warrant Arrest - Montgomery City
Stealing - Motor Vehicle - High Hill
Assist Warren County - Montgomery County
Mental Health Issues - Wellsville
Drug Investigation - Montgomery City

 




July 21, 2021

 

NARCOTICS SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED IN JONESBURG

 

Monday night, July 19th, 2021 the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesburg Police Department and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of Cedar Street in Jonesburg.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, and drug paraphernalia and two subjects were arrested as a result of this investigation. Marcus D. Wray, 42 of Jonesburg and Megan R. Connor, age 39 of Jonesburg were both placed under arrest pending formal charges and were being held at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Montgomery City.   Anyone having information concerning illegal drug activity is urged to contact the East Central Drug Task Force at 573-473-5801, extension 330 or 888-823-Meth (6384).

 

LANDOWNERS & TENANTS INVITED TO RESPOND TO MISSOURI RENTAL RATE SURVEY

 

Landowners lease roughly 35% of Missouri crop, pasture and woodland acreage to renters every year. Rented acreage has increased in recent years as more land has transitioned to the next generation, interest rates have incentivized land investments and interest in carbon markets and working land conservation has grown. To provide information Missourians can use when negotiating land rental rates, MU researchers invite landowners, farmers, ranchers and hunters to participate in the 2021 Missouri rental rate survey. The survey collects rental agreement information for cropland, pasture, woodland hunting, building and facility rental, hay ground, livestock stocking rates and future expectations. The results will be published in the Missouri Agricultural Rental Rate Summary, which will be available at extension.missouri.edu and from county extension centers. The anonymous survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete.

 

25 AREA YOUTH LEADERS SELECTED AS MISSOURI 4-H AMBASSADORS

 

State 4-H Council has selected 25 youths ages 14-18 to serve as the first class of Missouri 4-H Ambassadors.

These youth leaders will be tasked with promoting 4-H programs throughout the state, said Samantha Brandeberry, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H educator. They will also help plan and facilitate a teen conference next spring.

Up to four youths were selected from each of Missouri 4-H’s eight regions, Brandeberry said. They will help increase 4-H’s visibility at events, gather and utilize youth opinion and further develop youth-adult partnerships. The Missouri State Fair, Aug. 12-22, will be the first event the ambassadors will assist with.

“We’re excited to provide a new leadership opportunity for our teens,” said Brandeberry. “We anticipate that the adoption of this program will help strengthen youth leadership skills and confidence to prepare them for elevated leadership levels on the State 4-H Council, at college and in their future careers.”

This year’s Missouri 4-H Ambassadors:

 

Missouri 4-H is a youth development organization and part of University of Missouri Extension. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu

 

 




July 20, 2021

 

BOONE COUNTY FAIR RETURNS TO COLUMBIA FAIRGROUNDS

 

Today (Tuesday) marks the start of the 2021 Boone County Fair and this year the fair returns to the fairgrounds in Columbia. The past 4 fairs were held in Sturgeon after the fairgrounds was closed due to lack of funding and last year’s fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department gave the green light for the fair to continue as planned. The health department will have a vaccine clinic at the fair each day from 4 to 10 p.m.  Tickets for the fair are $10 and children 6 and under are free.  In addition to all the normal fair events and activities, those attending will enjoy five full days of carnival rides and live entertainment. Also new this year is a Car Show on Saturday, where owners will display various makes and models of vehicles. It all kicks off today and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Columbia. The Montgomery County Fair is also in full swing this week at the fairgrounds in Montgomery City and lots of other Summertime events are happening throughout the area.

 

ROOTS & BLUES RETURNS THIS SEPTEMBER

 

Another popular event that is on this year’s schedule is the Roots and Blues Festival in Columbia. Last years event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but health officials and festival organizers have set September 24th through the 26th at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia.

 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT ARREST AND GUN SHOTS IN MEXICO

 

On Friday, at 9:21 pm, a Mexico Public Safety officer heard gunshots in the area of the 1300 block of N Clark and saw a vehicle leaving the area. The officer stopped the vehicle on N Jefferson near Bourne Street. Investigation revealed that there had been a disturbance in a home on N Clark and as some of the people left, a 17-year-old male juvenile fired a gun in the air. William C Garcia-Hernandez, age 24, was arrested for Domestic Assault, 3rd degree, and taken to the Audrain County Jail. The 17-year-old male was detained by the 12th Circuit Court, Juvenile Division for various charges.

No one was injured from the gunshots.

 

 




July 19, 2021

 

CAR CRASH BELIEVED TO BE CAUSE OF COLUMBIA POWER OUTAGE SUNDAY

 

Columbia Police say a car crash on Worley Street and North Garth Avenue is believed to be the cause of a power outage in Columbia early Sunday morning that left 562 customers without power. The driver of the car was able to exit the flipped vehicle and was not reportedly injured. Bystanders saw sparks from transformers after the auto hit a pole on Worley.  CPD said they don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash but speeding involved in the accident.

 

MONROE CITY MAN CRASHES VEHICLE IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY MORNING

 

Troopers say 20 year old Nolan Pennewell of Monroe City was traveling on Route Z, 3 miles north of Monroe City in Marion County around 5:30 am Sunday morning when his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a fire hydrant and overturned. After further investigation, the driver was arrested later Sunday morning on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in a crash and being a minor visibly intoxicated.

 

SERVICE-ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS WANTED TO JOIN WINTER MAINTENANCE TEAM AT MODOT

 

Are you looking for a job with excellent benefits where you can make a difference in the lives of your fellow Missourians?  The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking for you.

Right now, there are full-time maintenance positions open across the state. Salaries start at $14.75 an hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation.

Full-time maintenance employees receive training and a long list of benefits including paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance and a retirement plan; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old and successfully complete a criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment). If you don’t already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), MoDOT will provide training to help you obtain one.

Maintenance employment with MoDOT continues into the spring as the season turns to mowing. There are opportunities for advancement and a long-term career. Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions.

To learn more about this opportunity and to apply online for positions across the state, go to  www.modot.org/opportunities-maintenance.

 

 




Weekend Report- July 17-18, 2021

 

TROY MAN KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy man was killed in an accident that occurred at 9pm Friday in Montgomery County.  50 year old Bobby Aery was on 91 Strube Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

PEDESTERIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR

 

A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a car Friday night in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that the incident occurred as 52 year old Robert Harris of High Hill was driving down the middle of the road when 21 year old David Santiago of Summertown, TN ran into the roadway and was struck by the car.  Santiago was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  25 year old Andrew Gillick of Eureka was eastbound on I-44 when his car traveled off the left side of the road, struck the median concrete barrier, began sliding, overturned and came to rest in the roadway, facing north.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

 




July 16, 2021

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURES PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY DUE TO PAVEMENT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.  All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E (North) - July 19-21, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route O for pavement work. 

 

Montgomery County Route JJ - July 22, road will be closed from Route E to Price's Branch Bridge for pavement work.

Montgomery County Route AA - July 26-28, road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route BB for pavement work. 

 

Montgomery County Route PP - July 29, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route AA to where state maintenance ends for pavement work. 

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

SHOOTING NEAR BAGNELL STRIP NEAR CASABLANCA BAR LEAVES ONE DEAD-FOUR INJURED

 

One person is dead and four injured after a shooting near a bar at the Bagnell Dam Strip at Lake Ozark. In a news release by the city, officials report they believe the shooting to be gang-related and the public should not be concerned about their safety. City officials said people reported the shooting around 8 p.m. Thursday and several suspects were detained at the scene. Authorities did not release the name of the person on Thursday night that died as their investigation continues. Reports from the scene say more than a dozen people were fighting outside Casablanca prior to the shooting.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN JULY 11TH SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT ON RICE ROAD

Columbia Police have arrested Channing Tyler Williams, 27, of Columbia, MO for the charges of five counts of assault in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. He has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. On Wednesday, July 14, the Columbia Police Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), Vice Narcotic and Organized Crime Unit (VNOC) and Street Crimes Unit (SCU) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 3400 block of Madrid Ln. There were no injuries reported during this incident. During service of the search warrant, detectives located the vehicle involved in the shots fired incident that had sustained damage from gunfire, along with a firearm that was inside the residence. At approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 4300 block of Rice Rd. Officers located evidence of shots being fired, including property damage to vehicles and a residence. There were no injuries reported. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

  




July 15, 2021

 

SHOW ME STATE GAMES KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND

 

The 37th Annual Show-Me State Games continues its summer schedule of events this weekend. Featuring more than 40 sporting competitions and special events, the Show-Me State Games is for Missourians of all ages and skill levels. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia and will feature several athletes from the University of Missouri. The event is free and open to the public and includes the parade of athletes as well as the lighting of the cauldron. If you are interested in joining the parade, meet at Mizzou Arena at the front entrance at 6:30 p.m., and there will be volunteers to line everyone up. For more information, visit smsg.org.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFFS REPORT

SHERIFF'S REPORT 06/30/2021 - 07/08/2021

  • On July 1, 2021, Deputies responded to Middletown for a report of a wanted person waving a hatchet at the FedEx driver. Deputies arrived on scene and the subject fled on foot. Deputies were able to set up a perimeter around the subject. Deputies were able to locate the subject which resulted in another foot pursuit. Deputies were able to catch the subject and place him under arrest. The subject had a felony warrant for possession of controlled substance and other drug charges. The subject is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a NO BOND warrant for Felony Resisting Arrest and a $10,000 Cash only warrant for a Felony Drug Violation.
  • On July 2, 2021, Deputies responded to a roll-over accident on I-70. Several people, including children, were trapped in the upside down vehicle with one pinned underneath. Deputies, EMS, and fire were able to get the victims out. The victims were transported to the hospital by EMS with serious injuries.
  • On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to New Florence for an overdose. Two subjects traveling in separate semis were stopped on the off ramp overnight. The victim made comments of being “high” and wanting to cool off in the cab of the semi. The following morning the victim was found deceased from an overdose.On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to McKittrick for a report of a person drowning, not breathing. The reporting party ran to a person camping and requested them call 911. On scene, deputies discovered the reporting party was under the influence of illegal substances and was delusional. Our deputies have many hours of Crisis Intervention Training (C.I.T.) and are able to recognize mental health emergencies. Because of this, Deputies were able to aid the person and transport them to a mental health facility for treatment. On July 7, 2021, Deputies responded to an overdose in the Big Spring area. The reporting party was giving CPR and had already delivered a dose of NARCAN before deputies and EMS arrived. The victim became alert again and was provided more treatment by EMS on scene.
  • On July 8, 2021, Deputies responded to New Florence area in an attempt to locate a subject for stealing from the Abel’s Quik Stop. Back story was that a subject went into the Abel’s store and purchased items by using a credit card. Before the transaction went through, the subject left and the transaction was denied. During the course of the investigation, Deputies received information that this was the same subject who had been using this same scam in Callaway County, Jonesburg, and Wentzville. Deputies located the subject on I-70 and initiated a traffic stop. The subject was placed under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, the stolen items from Callaway County and New Florence Abel’s were located. Also located was heroin and several plastic baggies for distribution of illegal substances. The subject was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he is currently being held on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Displaying Plates of Another. New Florence, Jonesburg, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, Wentzville PD, and other agencies have pending charges stealing.

 




July 14, 2021

 

GAS TAX TO INCREASE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri’s gasoline tax will be increasing for the first time in decades as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed the measure. The first 2.5-cent increase is slated to take effect in October, which will bring the gas tax to 19.5 cents. The law will gradually raise the state's 17-cent-a-gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years, with the option for buyers to get a refund if they keep track of their receipts.

 

FULTON TEEN EJECTED FROM VEHICLE

 

A Female juvenile, 14, from Fulton was eastbound at 2117 Route F in Callaway County at 8:36 pm Tuesday when the Quad runner struck a ditch, ejecting the driver. The juvenile had moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE URGES COMMUNITY TO REMAIN ALERT TO SCAMS

 

Columbia Police have seen an increase in telephone scams where the caller identifies as a police officer or other law enforcement official. The caller may indicate that you have a warrant for your arrest and request that you meet at a predetermined location with cash, or else be subject to arrest. "The Columbia Police Department will never ask any person to meet us at a predetermined location and request money," said Assistant Chief John Gordon. Scammers are able to "spoof" official phone numbers, which means that the receiver believes that it is a valid call. If you receive a call like this; hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency. If you live in the Columbia/Boone County area, you can call the non-emergency number 3-1-1 to report the incident.

 




July 13, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY INVESTIGATES INCIDENT INVOLVING GUN & SHOTS FIRED

 

On Saturday, July 10 at approximately 11:21 PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Olive in reference to an altercation involving a gun.  Investigation indicated that visitors to a residence in the block got into an argument with some people at a neighboring home. As the visitors drove from the area, one of them fired a gun several times, striking a parked car.  There were no injuries from the incident. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ALSO INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED CALLS

 

At approximately 9:57 p.m. on Sunday Columbia Police responded to several reports of shots fired in the 4300 block Rice Rd. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located evidence of shots fired and property damage to vehicles and a residence.  There were no injuries reported to officers at the time of the incident. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan. There is no further suspect information available at this time. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH HOLDING GIRL CAPTIVE

 

20 year old Robert Shirley of Kirksville has been charged with first degree kidnapping and third degree domestic assault in connection with a series of incidents Sunday, including holding a girl captive in her car. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the incident was discovered Sunday when Kirksville police were called to a domestic disturbance near the intersection of Elson and Normal streets. The 16-year-old girl told police that Shirley jumped in front of her car and refused to move. She said he ended up getting in the car and told her to give him a ride to Elson and Normal streets. Once at that location, the girl got out of the car and tried to walk to the residence, but Shirley kept blocking her path. The victim said the suspect eventually picked up her and carried her back to the car, put her in the backseat and refused to let her go. She said Shirley also took away her keys and cell phone. The girl said the suspect kept her restrained in the backseat for an extended period of time. She tried to escape, but Shirley kept locking the doors and pulling her back in as she was trying to get out and screamed for help. The victim said she was afraid of Shirley. Court documents state that Shirley told officers he did carry the girl to the car put her in the backseat and restrained her to keep her from assaulting him. The suspect is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 




July 12, 2021

 

MULTIPLE POWER OUTAGES, STORM DAMAGE & FLOODED ROADS

 

Weekend storms that started Friday night resulted in multiple power outages, storm damage reports and flooded roadways. The National Weather Service reported that 90 mile-per-hour straight-line winds swept through the Ralls County community of Perry leaving the town without power and cluttering the streets and yards with torn-down trees. Several businesses in the downtown district suffered structural damage, including blown-off roofing, windows and walls. Damage was also reported at Mark Twain Lake at the Blackjack Marina dock along with other significant damage in eastern Monroe and Western Ralls County. The landing was closed to the public. the US Army Corps of Engineers said due to the amount of damage caused by the storm, the Ray Berhren and the Frank Russell campgrounds will be closed starting Sunday, July 11 and won't reopen until Sunday, July 18. Power outages were widespread across the region and continued torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and road closures. Since most of the road closures are due to flash flooding, please remember to check the online map at www.modot.org before you travel, or you can call 1-888-275-6636 which is MoDOT's customer service line.  Never drive through flooded roads; turn around, don't drown.  Please ALWAYS wear your seat belt and pay attention while driving.

 

17 YEAR OLDS NOW TREATED AS JUVENILES, NOT ADULTS

Missouri's "raise the age" law went into effect statewide on July 1st

 

17-year-olds in Missouri will now be automatically treated as juveniles rather than adults if they're taken into custody. It's the tenth state in the country to raise the age of criminal responsibility. The bill to raise the age passed in 2018, with a start date of January 1st, 2021, subject to funding – but all but five counties took the position that there wasn't a specific line item for it in any appropriations bill, so the law didn't go into full effect statewide until July 1st. She adds that advocates in several states are working to raise the age of criminal responsibility even higher than 18 – for instance, it's 19 in Vermont. Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin are the only remaining states to automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults when they're arrested. It also recommends states and municipalities invest in community-based services rather than incarceration.

  




Weekend Report- July 10-11, 2021

 

ROAD AND BRIDGE WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E (North) - July 14-15 and July 19-21, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route O for pavement work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route JJ - July 22, road will be closed from Route E to Price's Branch Bridge for pavement work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - July 12-15, one lane traffic at Loutre River bridge, located west of Missouri Route 19, for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

   

DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY APPROVES REOPENING OF BRANSON COASTER AMUSEMENT RIDE

 

The Amusement Ride Safety Unit of the Division of Fire Safety has approved the reopening of the Branson Coaster amusement ride in Branson. Following a final inspection on Friday July 9, the Amusement Ride Safety Unit determined the ride is safe for public use. The determination comes following several previous inspections by the safety unit, operational testing, examination and evaluation of critical components, reviews of operating procedures and interviews with ride operator staff and witnesses.

 

The ride, located at 2115 76 Country Blvd, Branson, Mo. 65616, was closed on June 20 following an accident in which an 11-year-old Tennessee boy was seriously injured. The Amusement Ride Safety Unit investigation of the accident continues. The safety unit has determined the ride is currently safe to operate.

 




July 8, 2021

 

FULTON MAN DIES AFTER HEAD-ON CRASH WITH FARM TRACTOR

 

A Fulton man was killed in a head-on crash with a farm tractor in Callaway County on Tuesday evening. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report 47 year old Darrell Fischer was traveling eastbound when a westbound tractor crossed the median and struck Fischer's pickup truck head-on. Fischer was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the tractor was a 16-year-old boy.

 

ESTATE OF FORMER TEACHER GIFTING ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO CPS’S

 

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced the largest gift in its 25-year history. The foundation is receiving a one million dollar gift from the estate of former CPS teacher Kathryn "Kay" McLeod. The foundation says the money will allow the foundation to double its efforts in providing grants for teachers and students in the district. The foundation says it also plans to use the money for scholarships.

 

MSHP REPORTS SEVEN TRAFFIC FATALITIES, ONE BOATING FATALITY & NO DROWNINGS OVER JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY COUNTING PERIOD

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2021 July Fourth holiday statistics:

Troopers worked 312 traffic crashes, which included 124 injuries and all seven fatalities. Troopers also made 144 DWI arrests and 81 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

Troopers worked 12 boating crashes, which included four injuries and one fatality. Troopers made eight BWI arrests and 43 drug arrests. There were no drownings over the holiday weekend. 

The 2021 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Friday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 5.

 




July 7, 2021

 

SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING PROMPTS DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ACROSS MISSOURI

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in 17 counties in response to severe storms and flooding. Teams will survey the damage that began on June 19 with severe weather and continued through July 1 in preparation for the state's official request for federal disaster assistance. “The extremely heavy rains that affected much of Missouri in late June resulted in flash flooding that caused significant and costly damage to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure,” Governor Parson said. “SEMA has continued to communicate with our local partners about damage estimates, and it is clear that a number of counties have sustained high levels of destruction and response costs and that Missouri is approaching the levels required to qualify for federal disaster assistance.” Once approved, PDAs will be conducted in 17 counties including Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Montgomery and Saline County in the Mid Missouri region.

 

$1.6 MILLION SOUGHT AFTER PONZI SCHEME DEFRAUDS MISSOURI INVESTORS

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division ordered a Nevada-based company and two executives to pay $1.6 million after defrauding seven Missouri investors.

 

Golden Genesis, Inc., along with the company’s founder and CEO Thomas F. Casey, and its co-owner and de facto chief financial officer, Dennis R. Di Ricco, were found to have defrauded investors, many of them retired senior citizens, by selling unregistered, non-exempt, promissory notes. They were found to have utilized an unregistered Las Vegas-based broker-dealer, Retire Happy, LLC, to sell more than $9 million of the notes.

 

Investors were promised high returns and were given sales materials containing false and misleading information. New investment monies were used to pay prior investors their purported returns. Additionally, Di Ricco, with the knowledge and approval of Casey, used funds to purchase stock in an unrelated company, Adomani, Inc., that had once been controlled by Di Ricco. Despite the promises of high returns, Casey ceased paying investors interest and returned only a portion of their original investment.

 

Missouri Securities Commissioner David M. Minnick ordered Golden Genesis, Casey and Di Ricco to pay more than $1.1 million in civil penalties, over $400,000 in restitution, interest and approximately $32,000 for the yearlong investigation.   

 

Ashcroft continues to urge Missouri investors to call the toll-free investor protection hotline at 800-721-7996 or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com for more information or to file a complaint.

 




July 6, 2021

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER CHASE AND ATTEMPT TO HIT POLICE CAR

 

KRCG TV reported a Fulton man was arrested Sunday evening after leading police on a vehicle chase which included him swerving into the path of an oncoming police car in an attempt to hit it.

The Police Department News Release said officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, but it began to flee. As the driver, 48-year-old Joseph Wilhite, fled police, he swerved at an oncoming police car, attempting to hit it. Wilhite stopped in the 200 block of West Second Street where he ran from his vehicle toward the front of a home. While running, he threw down a bag containing suspected narcotics, according to the release. Wilhite was arrested on several charges including Careless and Imprudent Driving, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a controlled substance and Tampering with Physical Evidence. 

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLISSION

 

A Mexico man was treated for moderate injuries following a collision Sunday morning around 10:40 AM in Callaway County. The patrol said 63 year old Conni Dawson of Auxvasse attempted to cross US 54 at Route T and impacted another vehicle driven by 66 year old Bryan Duff of Mexico. Duff sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Callaway County EMS.

 

FAYETTE MAN ARRESTED ON HOWARD COUNTY WARRENTS

 

The highway patrol reports the arrest of a Fayette man at 12:53 pm Monday. According to the on line arrest report Timothy Lancaster, 29, of Fayette was arrested on Howard County Felony warrants for unlawful use of a weapon and 2 – 3rd degree domestic assaults.

 




July 5, 2021

 

MODOT CONSTRUCTION SUSPENDED DURING JULY 4 HOLIDAY

 

MoDOT will suspend road construction and routine maintenance operations starting at noon on Friday, July 2 through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to accommodate increased holiday traffic on the roadways.

 

With more people expected on Missouri roads, MoDOT wants to remind motorists to please drive responsibly - pay attention, obey the speed limit and never drive impaired.

 

Motorists can find everything they need to plan for their holiday and summer travel with MoDOT's Traveler Information Map. This online tool shares the latest news on work zones, road conditions and traffic incidents. The map is available at www.traveler.modot.org/map.

 

Remember, road conditions can change in an instant. Always be alert when driving, and remember to always buckle up and put the cellphone down.

 

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTOR TEAM ANNOUNCED I-70 BRIDGE AT ROCHEPORT

 

At the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission meeting Thursday afternoon, MoDOT revealed that the Lunda Team has been selected as the design-build contractor team for the new I-70 bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. Construction on the project is expected to get underway later this year and be completed by the end of 2024. The project is an expensive one with its estimated cost of approximately $240 million and is being funded in part by an 81.2 million INFRA Grant, which is the largest ever received by MoDOT.

 

 




July 1, 2021

 

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

 

The following roads have closed due to flooding:

 

Lincoln County - Route A at Camp Creek

Montgomery County - Route Y from Missouri Route 19 to 1 mile east

Montgomery County – Route J from Mineola to Big Springs 

 

 

COLUMBIA PD MAKES ARREST REGARDING ASSAULT WITH VEHICLE CASE

 

Columbia Police have arrested Darell Lamont Rogers, 35, of Hawk Point, Missouri for the charges of assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, domestic assault in the first degree and property damage, driving while revoked, tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, leaving the scene of an accident and abandoning a motor vehicle. He has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. At approximately 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, Columbia Police responded to a report of an assault with a vehicle in the parking lot at 4 Business Loop 70 E. Officers arrived and located two victims, one with minor injuries who was transported to a local emergency room.  During the investigation, officers identified the suspect as Rogers, but he had left the scene prior to officers’ arrival. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA HOTEL EVICUATED DUE TO FIRE

 

The Residence Inn at Columbia was evacuated early Tuesday morning. Columbia Fire crews responded around 12:45AM with reports of smoke in the attic. The hotel is located on Woodland Springs Court in Columbia and firefighters found moderate smoke in the attic and on all four floors of the hotel. Firemen found burned debris in a trash can on the 4th floor of the hotel and were able to extinguish it allowing residents back into their rooms. A total of 10 fire crews responded to the call.

 




June 30, 2021

 

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

 

The following roads have closed due to flooding:

 

Lincoln County - Route A at Camp Creek

Montgomery County - Route Y from Missouri Route 19 to 1 mile east

Shelby County - Route K, Route N

 

The following roads have reopened after being closed due to flooding:

Macon County - Route HH

Montgomery County - Route CC

 

FULTON RECEIVES LOAN TO RECOVER FROM FEBRUARY COLD SNAP

 

The City of Fulton is the first to benefit from a new zero interest loan program that will ease the impact of electricity and natural gas costs from February’s cold snap. The loan was made possible through the Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program established with Missouri Governor Parson signed legislation on May 13th to provide $50 million for interest free emergency loans. Fulton was awarded a $3.39 million emergency loan. Approximately 52 municipalities have applied individually or through municipal utility commissions since the department began accepting applications on June 2nd.

 

CONVICTED MURDERER IN CUSTODY AFTER FLEEING AUTHORITIES ON SATURDAY

 

The Callaway County Sheriff’s department reports Stephen Thorp is now in custody. Authorities had been looking for the man since he eluded Callaway County deputies on Saturday in a vehicle chase and then a foot chase. Thorp does have a past murder conviction but was on supervised parole. He was wanted in reference to a Randolph County misdemeanor warrant for resisting arrest.

 




June 28, 2021

 

NOW OPEN: ROADS IN LINCOLN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES AFTER CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODING

 

While several roads remain closed due to flooding over the weekend, there are a few   that have reopened.  Please refer to the online traveler map at www.modot.org for updates.

 

Montgomery County - Missouri Route 161 north of Buell and Route CC are now open.  Route AA and Route E remain closed in Montgomery County.

 

Lincoln County - Route A is open at Camp Creek.  Route H at Cuivre River in Lincoln County remains closed.

 

MONTGOMERY CITY STRUCTURE FIRE

 

A post on the Montgomery Fire Protection Facebook page just before 6 AM Saturday morning indicated that Montgomery Firefighters responded late in the night Friday to a report of a structure fire on South Allen Street in Montgomery City. Upon arrival firefighters found fire to be through the roof in the back half of the structure. The building was abandoned. Firefighters extinguished the fire and had a fire investigator respond to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. Thanks were extended to New Florence Fire for their mutual aid assistance, Montgomery County Ambulance for standing by for firefighter safety, Montgomery County Sheriff Department, and Montgomery City Police Department.

 

FLOODED ROADS AND WATER RESCUES

 

The Columbia Fire Department had a busy day Friday responding to flooded roadways and rescuing people from their vehicles. The department said it responded to five water rescues in a span of 90 minutes. The department posted photos from two of the rescues to its Facebook page. Flash flooding across the area lead to several vehicles that were submerged and abandoned Friday morning. Crews spent much of Friday morning and the weekend clearing roadways and setting up blockades to prevent drivers from passing through flooded roads.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- June 26-27, 2021

 

MISSOURI JUDGE FINDS MEDICAID EXPANSION UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

A Missouri judge has found that a voter-approved ballot measure to expand Medicaid is unconstitutional.
Last week Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem said the amendment unconstitutionally sought to force lawmakers to set aside money for the expansion.
Under the Constitution, lawmakers can't be forced to make appropriations unless the ballot measure includes a funding mechanism.
Voters passed the constitutional amendment last year.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson refused to implement it because lawmakers didn't set aside any money for it.
Three low-income women sued to try to force the state to enact the program.
They're appealing the ruling.

 

MISSOURI SENATE SPECIAL SESSION ON MEDICAID GETS UNDERWAY

 

Missouri senators are back at the Capitol to work on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to Jefferson City on Wednesday to pass a tax on medical providers.
The tax draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
The tax wasn't renewed during the regular session because of a fight over Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood and some family planning services.
Parson says lawmakers have until July 1 to reup the tax.
Otherwise he says he'll cut $722 million from the state budget to make up for it.

 




June 24, 2021

 

GAS LEAK CAUSES FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a gas leak outside at 4710 Sussex Drive on Wednesday at 2:00pm.  
The first unit arrived on the scene less than five minutes later and reported a fire in the yard that had melted siding on the house.  Further investigation revealed that an underground gas line had been hit and was fueling the fire.  The officer in command upgraded the call and requested additional personnel and equipment.  Ameren UE was also notified.
Fire crews used a preconnected hose line to cool the siding and prevent additional damage while Ameren UE worked on the line and shut the gas off, extinguishing the fire.
Two male subjects stated they were using an auger and struck the gas line which then ignited.  Both received burns to their face and arms.  One was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the other refused medical attention.  No additional injuries were reported.  Eight units were dispatched to this call.  

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL SESSION OVER MEDICAID FUNDING

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is calling lawmakers back for a special session to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
Parson announced Tuesday that he is calling a special session beginning noon Wednesday so lawmakers can pass a tax on medical providers that draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for Planned Parenthood and some family planning services.
Parson says time is running out for lawmakers to cut a deal and protect the funding.

 

 




June 23, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SETS DEADLINE FOR DEAL ON MEDICAID FUNDING

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is setting a deadline for lawmakers to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
If lawmakers can't find a solution by Tuesday afternoon, Parson says he'll cut $722 million from the budget July 1.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
Those lawmakers are trying to attach the ban to a tax on medical providers that draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
Parson says time is running out for lawmakers to cut a deal and protect the funding.

 

GROUP OF MISSOURI CONSERVATIVE SENATORS ASK GOVERNOR FOR SPECIAL SESSION

 

A group of conservative, anti-abortion Missouri senators has asked Gov. Mike Parson to call the General Assembly into a special session.

The coalition sent Parson a letter asking him to include new, pro-life restrictions on Medicaid spending. They say then they will support the renewal of the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA).

The FRA is the tax on medical service providers that forms the state match for hundreds of millions of federal Medicaid dollars.

Renewal of the FRA tax hit an impasse in May when two senators balked at the use of Medicaid for certain forms of birth control and Planned Parenthood.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 at approximately 7:53PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Curtis in reference to a motorcycle crash. Responding personnel found that Richard C Dollens, age 25 of Mexico, was operating a 2007 Yamaha westbound when he lost control and left the roadway.  The motorcycle struck a guy wire of a utility pole and a hand rail running along a sidewalk before coming to rest in a small creek.  Dollens came to rest on the sidewalk.  He was transported from the scene by Audrain Ambulance District and taken to Audrain Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The incident is still under investigation.  Dollens was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

 

 




June 22, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, June 19 at approximately 7:30PM, heavy wind followed by significant rain moved through the Mexico area.  The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to power lines and / or tree limbs down in the 500 block of S Jefferson, the 700 block of S Jefferson, the 800 block of S Western, and the 400 block of Whitley.  The City of Mexico Street Department and Ameren responded to help clear the roadways and make the situations safe.

 

On Sunday, June 20 at approximately 9:30PM, a line of thunderstorms moved through Missouri bringing more strong winds and heavy rains to the Mexico area.  MPSD responded to power lines and / or tree limbs down in the 100 block of Mary, the 200 block of E Orange and the 700 block of Woodlawn.  The City of Mexico Street Department and Ameren responded to these incidents as well.  Additionally, a large limb fell on a parked car in the 800 block of E Jackson.  That section of roadway is still closed.  The wind also blew a metal storage shed into the roadway near Holt Street and Martin Luther King Drive.  Responding officers were able to clear the shed from the roadway.

 

There were no injuries from the incidents.

 

MISSOURI NOW LEADS THE NATION IN RATE OF COVID INFECTION

 

Missouri now leads the nation with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections as vaccinations lag.
One person in every 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19 from June 13 to Sunday.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the north-central and southwest part of the state are driving the surge.
While 53.3% of the population of Americans have initiated vaccination, most southern and northern Missouri counties are well short of 40%.
A handful of southern Missouri counties have fewer than 20% of residents vaccinated.

 

MISSOURI’S REFUSAL TO EXPAND MEDICAID GOES TO COURT

 

A court trial over Missouri officials' refusal to expand Medicaid is set to begin.
The trial starts Monday in a Jefferson City circuit court.
Voters last year amended the state Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including three women who are now suing Gov. Mike Parson's administration.
The Republican governor says he won't expand Medicaid because the Legislature refused to pay for it.
Two single mothers and another low-income woman in response sued to force Missouri to provide coverage as called for in the state Constitution.

 

 




June 21, 2021

 

MISSOURI RISKS $4.5 BILLION IN TAX REVENUE OVER CONTRACEPTIVE DISCUSSION

 

Missouri is at risk of losing $4.5 billion in tax revenue and federal funding for Medicaid health insurance.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
They want to attach the ban to a tax that provides a significant chunk of Medicaid funding.
Missouri hospitals, doctors and other health care providers are taxed.
Then the money is used to draw down federal Medicaid funding.
The state expects to bring in about $1.6 billion in taxes in the 2022 fiscal year, which would draw down another $2.9 billion in federal funding.
Lawmakers didn't reauthorize the tax this year. It expires Sept. 30. Federal law requires Medicaid programs cover family planning.

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO MULTIPLE HOMES

 

A central Missouri man has been arrested and is accused of breaking into several homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.

Moberly police say they first saw J’Angelo Robinson, 35, of Moberly, around 2:30 a.m. Thursday as he was running from a home on Thompson Street he had reportedly just burglarized.
Robinson, who was completely naked, was being chased by the homeowner.

When officers tried to make contact with him, they say Robinson failed to comply with their demands and, instead, resisted. Officers eventually took him into custody.
Officers spoke with multiple victims and witnesses who said Robinson had forced his way into three separate homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.
Police added one of the homes had small children inside at the time.

Robinson was arrested and is facing charges for Burglary 1st degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a child.

He is being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

 




June 18, 2021

 

JUNETEENTH A FEDERAL HOLIDAY – STATE OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY

 

Missouri State offices will be closed today (Friday) in observance of Juneteenth, according to an email sent to state employees.  A number of area county government offices will also be closed in connection with the holiday.  President Joe Biden officially signed a bill Thursday establishing June 19 as a new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, the date that slaves in Texas were freed, the final state to be informed of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  It is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in 1983. Multiple events celebrating Juneteenth will be held this weekend around the area. 

 

DED AWARDS $15.8 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS STATEWIDE

 

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Tuesday it will award more than $15.8 million to 38 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Program to help communities with infrastructure improvement and other projects across Missouri.

“Strengthening infrastructure and improving our workforce remain my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether repairing roads, upgrading facilities, or expanding job training opportunities, these grants allow us to invest in the future of Missouri.”

Funded projects for Fiscal Year 2020 include the construction or repair of roads and bridges, building community facilities, demolishing blighted or vacant structures, and more.

“Expanding and maintaining our state’s infrastructure is essential to economic development,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “These projects are keeping our communities strong and preparing them for new opportunities in the months and years ahead.”

 

 




June 17, 2021

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN ESCAPES COLLISION WITH TRAIN WITH MINOR INJURIES

 

A Missouri woman has escaped with only minor injuries after her vehicle was hit by a train in Marion County.

The accident happened Tuesday around 4 p.m., on Paris Gravel Road, west of County Road 422, one mile west of Hannibal.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cheryl Weathers, 61, of Hannibal, was traveling eastbound when she failed to yield to an oncoming locomotive, and crossed the railroad tracks.

The train struck Weathers' SUV, which then came to a rest on the north side of the tracks.

Weathers sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Her vehicle was totaled, while the train received just minor damage.

 

MU STUDY SAYS RURAL COUNTIES FACE NURSING SHORTAGE

 

Rural counties in the state are facing a nursing shortage at a greater rate than a shortage facing the nation and metropolitan areas, according to a University of Missouri study.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing assistant teaching professor Anne Heyen, analyzed data from around 136,000 licensed nurses to find age and geographical disparities across the state.

“Out of the 114 total counties in Missouri, 97 are designated as health care professional shortage areas, and a majority of these counties are rural,” Heyen said. “By identifying the specific areas where there is the greatest need for more nurses, we can better tailor our response to help Missouri have a more balanced nursing workforce.”

The study found 31 % of Missouri nurses are older than 54 and rural areas had larger percentages of nurses over 54.

“In some of these rural areas where nearly half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement, now is the time to be proactive and start thinking about who is going to replace them 10 years down the road,” Heyen said.

She said higher pay and more job opportunities in cities attack young nursing students and contribute to the geographical disparities in the nursing shortage.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday at approximately 9:25PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of the 600 block of N Craig in reference to a report of gunshots.  Responding personnel found evidence that a white, four door car had driven through the area and one of the occupants fired around three gunshots.  A window of a vacant home was damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




June 16, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL THAT LIMITS PUBLIC HEALTH RESTRICTIONS

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a new law that will limit public health restrictions imposed by local governments.
The law takes effect immediately, but most Missouri cities and counties already ended their coronavirus restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.
Parson says the law signed Tuesday will primarily affect future public health crises.
The law limits emergency orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
Parson says he generally supports local control, but that the new law is needed because he thinks some local officials overreached during the pandemic.

 

SOUTH MISSOURI MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 600 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE

 

A judge has sentenced a 62-year-old child sexual abuser in southwest Missouri to more than 600 years in prison.
Daniel Franklin, of rural Joplin, was convicted in April of 10 felonies, including three counts of statutory rape.
The jury recommended that he be sentenced to six terms of 99 years, three of 30 years and one of four years.
On Monday, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Dean Dankelson followed the jury's recommendations and sentenced Franklin to a total of 628 years, with some sentences running consecutively and others concurrently.
Five girls, who are now teenagers, testified against Franklin at his trial.

 




June 15, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS HB 85 ESTABLISHING SECOND AMENDENT PRESERVATION ACT

 

Last Week Governor Mike Parson signed HB 85 into law, establishing the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Missouri

“Throughout my law enforcement career and now as Governor of the state of Missouri, I have and always will stand for the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights,” Governor Parson said. “This legislation today draws a line in the sand and demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.”

HB 85 prohibits state and local cooperation with federal officials that attempt to enforce any laws, rules, orders, or actions that violate the Second Amendment rights of Missourians. These protections against federal overreach are triggered if federal officials attempt to violate the state or federal constitution.

Additionally, the bill is an acknowledgment that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and inalienable, and that the nation's federalist constitutional structure limits the federal government's authority over states.

Under HB 85, any person or entity who knowingly deprives Missouri citizens of their right to bear arms - as protected by state and federal constitutions - will be liable for redress and monetary damages of $50,000 per occurrence. Local law enforcement’s ability to assist federal officials in other instances remains unchanged under this legislation.

 

MDC REMINDS ASH TREE OWNERS OF EAB CONCERN

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in 89 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. Unfortunately, ash trees in forests across Missouri will soon be dead, as EAB continues its march across the state.

EAB is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia that attacks all species of ash trees, killing more than 99 percent of the trees it attacks. Ash trees typically show a pattern of declining health for 2–4 years before being killed by EAB.

Woodpecker damage, sprouts growing from the main trunk, and major branch loss can all indicate the presence of EAB in ash trees.

Protecting ash trees on your property with insecticides prior to attack by EAB is the best way to keep the trees alive.

 




June 14, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. each night.  The bridge will not close the night of June 17. 

The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.   

 

WOMAN ALLEGES LAWMAKER TOLD HER TO DENY HIS INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT

 

A woman says a former Missouri police officer campaigning for a state House seat last year repeatedly told her to deny that they had sex years ago while she was drunk and he was on duty.
Emily Orf spoke to The Associated Press about her interactions with now-Rep. Chad Perkins.
She did so after allegations became public last month that he had sex with a woman in 2015 when she was drunk and he was on duty as a Bowling Green police officer.
Orf told the AP that she had not spoken to Perkins for years until he called her last year and suggested that she deny what had happened to a police chief who was investigating.

 




Weekend Report- June 12-13, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.   

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, June 21, crews will close Montgomery County Route N over Interstate 70, located 1.8 miles east of Callaway County Route YY near Mineola, for bridge replacement.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure. Some work on this project may take place during the night.

 

 




June 11, 2021

 

MISSOURI STATE WORKERS PUSH BACK ON RETURN TO WORK DATE

 

A union representing Missouri state workers is urging Gov. Mike Parson to make accommodations for state workers ordered last month to return to their offices, calling the directive "dangerous."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the president of the Missouri State Workers Union Communications Workers of America Local 6355 wrote to Parson on Wednesday.
The union asks that Parson consider demands that include paid time off to get vaccinated, personal protective equipment for employees, and that the state set up a process so workers with family and child care responsibilities may request a delayed return.

 

MISSOURI DNR DIRECTOR DIES

 

State officials say Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died.
Officials did not release a cause of death but Comer, who died Wednesday, announced in July 2019 that she was undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer.
Comer was named director of the department in January 2017 by former Gov. Eric Greitens.
Gov. Mike Parson said in a statement that Comer was an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for Missouri's natural resources.
Details of where she died and services were not immediately available.
Before taking the job in Missouri, Comer, an environmental lawyer, was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

 

 




June 10, 2021

 

FEDERAL COURT PANEL BLOCKS MISSOURI ABORTION LAW

 

A federal appeals court panel has blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis handed down the ruling Wednesday.
The panel heard arguments in September in the legal battle over the 2019 law, which also would prohibit a woman from having an abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome.
The lawsuit was filed by Reproductive Health Services, which operates Missouri's lone abortion clinic in St. Louis, and the ACLU.
Missouri's Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt says he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

 

SIXTH ANNUAL HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER RAISES OVER $23,500

 

Nearly one in five Missourians receives emergency food assistance each year. Through these challenging times, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry Missourians. Team members across the state collected donations throughout the month of April for distribution at one of the over 1,500 Feeding Missouri agencies located in their communities.

The statewide food drive wrapped up recently with over 2 tons of non-perishables food and $23,515 in donations.

In efforts to bring awareness to food insecurities around the state, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance and Feeding Missouri will continue to work together throughout 2021. To learn more about food insecurity in Missouri, visit feedingmissouri.org.

 

  

 




June 9, 2021

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE VACCINATIONS BEFORE JULY 4TH

 

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in southwestern Missouri, and residents there are being urged to get vaccinated before gathering for Fourth of July activities.
Springfield-Greene County Acting Health Director Katie Towns said 142 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, and the seven-day average has reached 62, the highest level since Feb. 10.
Meanwhile, 76 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Greene County.
Towns says Memorial Day gatherings were a source of some of the recent spread, and she says there is concern about the pending gatherings for Independence Day.
Meanwhile, vaccination rates in southwestern Missouri lag far behind the state and national averages.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PASSES BILL TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

 

On Monday evening, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 63 into law.

The new law creates a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

It will also create the Joint Oversight Task Force of Prescription Drug Monitoring.

This group will be responsible to control where prescription drugs go to across the state of Missouri.

Governor Parson believes this is a needed tool for Missouri to help end the opioid epidemic.

 

"This is just another tool that we're going to be able to use to help us fight when it comes to opioids, when it comes to the law enforcement community, when it comes to the medical community of how do we do it better," Parson said. "And this is going to be just another step in making that a better place and a better state."

 

The new law will also help better assist health care professionals in better monitoring on where opioids and other prescribed medicines are disposed.

Every other state in the country has adopted a drug monitoring program as well.

The law also states that patient information is considered a closed record under state law.

It will not be provided to local law enforcement agencies, prosecutorial officials or regulatory bodies for purposes not allowed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 




June 8, 2021

 

YOUNG EASTERN MISSOURI CHILD KILLED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

An 8-year-old boy was killed at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.

The Waynesville, Mo., boy was exiting the back of the boat when he was struck by the propeller, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Troopers responded to the incident around 3:40 p.m. at the 6 mile mark of Glaize Arm.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is Troop F's second fatality this month and the 25th fatality this year.

 

MISSOURI DNR ACCEPTING ENERGY IMPROVEMENT LOAN APPLICATIONS

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for energy improvement loans from various organizations around the state.

Some of the organizations eligible for these loans are public schools, colleges and universities, local governments and hospitals.

These loans are part of the Energy Loan Program.

They may be used to improve an organization’s lighting system and heating and air conditioning.

We spoke with Energy Assurance Supervisor Daniel Dahler about how organizations may apply for these loans.

 

"As soon as your application comes in we will immediately start reviewing it," Dahler said. "Which we kind of do an initial review and we do a technical review where our engineer looks over all the information including your savings calculations and deems that it's a reasonable request and at that point we will send through our approval process to recommend that they get approved for the loan and it will get sent out to the applicant for signing."

 

Missouri DNR will be accepting applications for these loans through September 30.

Loan amounts of $10,000 to $1 million are available.

Each application will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis by the Department of Energy.

 




June 7, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE N BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, June 21, crews will close Montgomery County Route N over Interstate 70, located 1.8 miles east of Callaway County Route YY near Mineola, for bridge replacement. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project in the amount of $1,344,361. The contractor has 130 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure. Some work on this project may take place during the night.

 

MSHP: JOIN THE TEAM AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 113th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on January 18, 2022. The application deadline is September 18, 2021. 

To be eligible, candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be 21 years of age upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Academy, troopers are eligible to earn 46 credit hours through Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, or 30 credit hours through the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, toward a degree.

The starting annual salary for trooper is $49,536, and following three years of service, the trooper first class’ salary is increased to $52,200. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.

The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including: written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. Written and physical examinations take place in each troop area across the state. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review. 

Interested persons can learn more about the updated qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at www.motrooper.com. 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- June 5-6, 2021

 

PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE WORK WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 7-8, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Montgomery County Route WW for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route T - June 8-9, road will be closed from 0.25 mile west of Prairie Road to Dillon (Ware) Road for pavement work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route T - June 10, road will be closed from Dillon (Ware) Road to Pine Knot Road for pavement work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - June 7-10, road will be one lane traffic at Loutre River Bridge, located west of Missouri Route 19, for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. There will be an 11 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Montgomery County Route F - June 13-17, road will be closed at the bridge over Interstate 70 at High Hill for bridge work. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The ramps will remain open even while the bridge is closed.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 14-17, road will be closed at Elkhorn Creek for bridge work. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

For the closures, motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY RECEIVES FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that Jefferson City is one of 13 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal partnership program that supports community-led efforts to reinvest in existing neighborhoods, protect the environment, and improve residents’ health and quality of life through the development of the local food economy.

Through LFLP, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health and regional economic development experts will work directly with Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and other community leaders to provide technical support to improve food security and the local economy in Jefferson City’s Southside neighborhood. Lincoln University Cooperative Extension is partnering with the city of Jefferson City and Building Community Bridges, a community-based organization, on the project.

This year, LFLP is sponsored jointly by EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service, with multiple federal partners planning to participate. The 13 LFLP communities selected in 2021 were chosen from among 97 applicants.

Each selected community will work with a team of federal, state, and regional experts to address local agricultural, environmental, public health, economic development and equity issues. Together, they will develop a community-led action plan to strengthen the local food system and spur revitalization of often-overlooked neighborhoods in the community.

 

 

 




June 3, 2021

 

AMEREN MISSOURI SHARES SEVERE WEATHER ELECTRICITY TIPS

 

It’s that time of year when area residents are asked to take severe weather alerts seriously.

 

“When we issue that warning, things are coming together, that it’s getting pretty dangerous and it’s time for people to take action,” said Andy Bailey, NWS Kansas City Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

 

An electric company that provides service to many in the state has some safety tips for what people can do before and after severe weather.

Ameren Missouri says customers should do the following before severe weather:

  • Update their online account and enroll in alerts to be notified of power outages
  • Create a severe weather plan
  • Prepare a storm kit with emergency phone numbers, flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries

After severe weather hits, Ameren encourages to keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized. Report down power lines to Ameren Missouri at 800-552-7583 or call 911
  • Keep phones and electronics charged when storms are in the forecast

ADVOCADO TO ADD 100 NEW JOBS IN ST. LOUIS

 

Advocado, an advertising technology company, announced Wednesday it will add more than 100 high-paying jobs in St. Louis. The company began in 2017 as a startup with just seven employees.

Advocado attributes their rapid growth and additional hiring to the Show-Me State’s affordable real estate, low cost of living, and skilled workforce. These new jobs will fill roles in engineering, data science, customer success, operations, sales, and marketing and will provide an average annual wage of more than $81,000.

For their expansion, Advocado used the Missouri Works program, which helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. Advocado’s growth was also supported by collaboration among Missouri Partnership, AllianceSTL, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

 




June 2, 2021

 

POLICE IDENTIFY TWO PEOPLE SHOT AT BRANSON RESTAURANT

 

Police have identified two people shot and killed outside a Branson restaurant over the weekend.
Branson police say 38-year-old Krystle Buhl, of Forsyth, and 39-year-old Richard McMahan, of Merriam Woods, died in the Saturday night shooting outside of Famous Dave's in Branson.
Television station KYTV reports that officers found the pair with gunshot wounds in the restaurant's parking lot.
Police say one victim died at the scene and the other died at a hospital.
Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the shootings.
Branson Police Chief Eric Schmitt says investigators have found no indication that the shooting resulted from a robbery.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS SIX DEATHS DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says four people died on Missouri roadways during the Memorial Day weekend, and two others died on the water.
The patrol on Tuesday released details of the three-day weekend that began Saturday and ended Monday.
The patrol cited 270 accidents on roads, and 10 involving boats.
The agency says 112 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, and eight others were arrested for boating while intoxicated.
The patrol also reported 79 drug-related arrests - 77 on the roads and two on water.
The four traffic deaths occurred in Bates, Camden, St. Charles, and Mississippi Counties. The water deaths included a drowning on Saturday in Iron County and a fatal boating accident Sunday on a lake in Maries County.

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN REQUIREMENTS ON PUBLIC LABOR UNIONS

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2018 state law that imposed new requirements on some public sector labor unions.
In a 5-2 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the law violated the constitution's equal protection rights by exempting public safety unions from the new requirements imposed on other types of unions.
The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature required other public sector unions to hold recertification elections every three years and to get annual approval from employees to deduct dues from paychecks.
The Supreme Court majority said there was no rational basis to treat public safety unions differently.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday, May 24 at approximately 6:06PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of W Breckenridge in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  Trayvon D Walls, age 30, was identified as the man who had been to the home and later crashed his vehicle on N Missouri St.  It was later determined he had been shot one time during the incident on W Breckenridge St.  On Thursday, May 27 the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Walls for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  On Friday, May 28 at approximately 9:31AM, after Walls had been released from University Hospital, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and MPSD arrested Walls at the home of an associate in the 8900 block of Missouri Highway 15.  The investigation into what occurred on W Breckenridge is ongoing with the possibility of additional charges and / or additional people being charged later.

 

 

 

 




June 1, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON RELEASES REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF DEFENSE CONTRACT SPENDING IN MISSOURI

 

Last Week Governor Mike Parson announced that more than $14 billion in military defense contracts were awarded to Missouri companies in Fiscal Year 2019, the latest year data is available. A new report highlights impacts of this spending statewide, as well as by county, state legislative district, and congressional district.

The latest report focuses on the value of U.S. Department of Defense and related agency contracts awarded to Missouri companies and further analyzes a previous statewide impact report that was released in August 2020. The report provides a closer look into the significant share of contract awards to Missouri vendors. Its analysis helps to better understand distribution in the state and gives more context to sectors most impacted by spending. The 2020 report also included military bases and defense agencies and showed that defense spending in Missouri supports more than 180,000 direct and indirect jobs with $29 billion in total impact. 

 

ASHCROFT REMINDS MISSOURIANS TO BEWARE OF PAYMENT SCAMS

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is reminding Missourians that the Business Services Division in his office will never ask for payment by gift card.

 

Business Services, which oversees filings for all businesses in Missouri, has recently received complaints from some Missourians who have misdialed the toll-free number and been asked to pay for services using Walmart gift cards.   

 

According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers convince victims to buy gift cards and then ask for the numbers on the back, so they can steal the money loaded on the cards. 

 

“We will never ask you to pay by using a gift card,” Ashcroft said. “We have multiple forms of payment that our staff will direct you to use, including our e-payment system or by mail. Our fee schedule and any convenience fees are available on our website.”

 

The fee schedule and any convenience fees may be found at sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/forms.

 

The Business Services Division may be reached by calling (866) 223-6535 or emailing corporations@sos.mo.gov.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday at approximately 12:16PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of S Calhoun Street in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found that some young children were attempting to use the stove unsupervised and caught some items that were sitting around the stove on fire.  The burning items were extinguished and removed from the kitchen.  The stove and surrounding cabinets suffered moderate fire damage and the rest of the home suffered light smoke damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




May 31, 2021

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E - June 1-3, road will be closed at Cuivre River for bridge work.  Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The bridge will be open each evening.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 1-3 and June 7-10, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Missouri Route 94 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to find alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

MISSOURI TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION AWARDS $1 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING TO SUPPORT STARTUPS AND ENTREPRENEURS

 

Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) announced Thursday it will award over $1 million in infrastructure-focused grant funding to help build support for startups and entrepreneurship throughout Missouri through the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program (MOBEC). 

The MOBEC Program provides funding to expand the capacity of non-profit organizations supporting entrepreneurs, as well as research institutions looking to attract competitive funding. The program is used to enhance research and development in targeted high-tech industry clusters and to help create jobs through entrepreneurship and innovation.

To date, through MOBEC and other grant programs, MTC has partnered with over 60 entrepreneurial support organizations in communities across the state and awarded almost $27 million in entrepreneurial-focused infrastructure grants that have served thousands of small businesses.

In addition to serving as a statewide connector for Missouri’s innovation community, MTC makes strategic, direct investments to promote entrepreneurship and foster innovation in Missouri. Over the past decade, MTC has invested just under $44 million into over 135 early-stage Missouri-based high growth technology-focused companies, which have raised over $1 billion in additional private capital.

 




May 28, 2021

 

MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recognizes Memorial Day weekend is highly anticipated and reminds motorists the Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. 
Over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 10 people died and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers made 118 DWI arrests. 
The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, there were 11 boating crashes which included one fatality and seven injuries. One person drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 11 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend. 
This year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of child safety seats, impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, and speed violations. 
If your plans include driving or boating, choose to be courteous and obey all Missouri laws. Use a seat belt when you drive and wear a life jacket when you're on or near the water. Always pay attention, whether you're operating a vehicle or a vessel, and choose to be a sober driver on land and on the water. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. For road condition reports, travelers can visit the Patrol's website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Click on the Road Condition icon to view road construction areas as well as road conditions throughout the state or call 1-888-275-6636.
Motorists are encouraged to do their part to make Missouri’s roadways safer. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. Please do your part. Obey all traffic laws and make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. 
Missouri provides a variety of opportunities for boating. Please be courteous to others on the water, wear a life jacket, and obey the law regarding safe operation of a vessel and no wake zones. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Always treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Never operate a boat while you are impaired; never ride with an impaired operator. Remember: Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

 

BE ALERT FOR HIGHWAY WORK THROUGH SUMMER CONSTRUCTION SEASON

 

As pandemic restrictions loosen around the state, Memorial Day highway traffic on Missouri roadways is expected to be heavier this year than last.

With the heavy holiday weekend traffic, the Missouri Department of Transportation will not have work zones with routine lane closures beginning at noon on Friday, May 28, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.

“Memorial Day is typically the start of the summer travel season and with more people taking to the roads the need to remain alert when behind the wheel is even more essential,” said MoDOT’s Deputy Director/Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. “Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Buckle up. Put your phone down. Every trip. Every time.”

Some of the major work zones with permanent lane closures will remain in place for the holiday weekend.

 




May 27, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J BRIDGE AT CLEAR CREEK IS NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC

 

Montgomery County Route J at Clear Creek, located 2.5 miles west of Missouri Route 19 near Big Spring, is now back open to traffic. The bridge closed in April for rehabilitation. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, completed the project.

The bridge was originally built in 1962 and while rest of the bridge was in reasonably good condition, the deck had significant deterioration.  “The bridge deck was completely replaced and is now 22 feet wide, two feet wider than before,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga. Guardrail was also added for safety.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

REMAINS OF MISSOURI JANE DOE IDENTIFIED AFTER 40 YEARS

 

Forty years to the day after a woman was found dead in a rural area of Missouri in 1981, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department announced on Tuesday that her remains have been identified.

The woman who detectives have known only as Jane Doe for four decades was Karen Kay Knippers, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Knippers' body was discovered at 8:47 a.m. on May 25, 1981 in Dixon, near Highway MM at a low water crossing.

She had been beaten, strangled, and left in shallow water.

Knippers was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck.

She was not destitute. Her stylish clothing, expensive dental work, and general appearance of being in good health indicated that she was probably not indigent.

But she could not be identified and was buried in the Waynesville Cemetery in a grave marked "Jane Doe," according to the sheriff's department.

Her remains were exhumed in 2015 and forensic analysis was done the next year.

In March 2016, a report concluded that the DNA extraction and development was successful.

The DNA Doe Project in December 2019 provided a possible name of Jane Doe and the name of a possible relative, according to the sheriff's department.

A month later in January 2020, the sheriff's office located a possible relative of Jane Doe in Alexandria, Virginia.

As it turned out, the man told detectives he had a sister he had lost contact with in the early 1980s.

The possible relative agreed to provide a DNA sample.

The genetic data of Jane Doe and the candidate were entered into additional databases in May 2021.

The samples "were noted to be 19.4 million times more likely to be the biological sibling" than an unrelated person, the news release stated.

The man was Jane Doe's brother, and she was officially identified as Karen Kay Knippers.

 




May 26, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPOINTS MISSOURI’S FIRST BLACK FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

 

Governor Mike Parson has appointed the first Black woman to serve as a Missouri Supreme Court judge.

The Republican governor on Monday named Missouri Eastern District Appeals Court Judge Robin Ransom to the high court.

She's replacing Judge Laura Denvir Stith, who retired in March.

Ransom will join Chief Justice George Draper as the second Black judge currently serving on the Supreme Court.

She won't need Senate confirmation.

Former Republican Governor Matt Blunt first appointed Ransom to serve as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge in 2008.

Parson appointed her in 2019 to serve as an appeals court judge.

 

NEW PROGRAM SEEKS TO CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri has been listed as the 14th highest number of human trafficking cases in the United States, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Many mid-Missouri cases tend to be on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.

“It’s everywhere and I think people are starting to take the blinders off and actually see it now,” Julie Meranda said. She is the assistant director at Redeem Project Ministry, a Jefferson City non-profit organization. Just announced this month, Redeem is launching a new program in an effort to disrupt human trafficking. It’s called Captive Grace.

Meranda said now is the time to help victims of human trafficking.

Captive Grace is looking for volunteers, who will be trained from the Exodus Cry Intervention Manual, an anti-sex-trafficking organization.

 

MEXICO POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORTS

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of West Breckinridge after a disturbance involving a gun Monday.  According to a press release, a 30 year old Mexico man came to a home on that block several times during the day Monday and threatened the residents. The residents called Mexico Public Safety but officers had been unable to locate the man after he fled the scene. Later in the day, the man returned to the home and began shooting at the house. One of the residents shot back and the man drove from the scene and crashed his car on North Missouri. He walked to a nearby house where he was taken to Audrain Community Hospital and then moved to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment. No other injuries were reported from the incident.

 




May 25, 2021

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing bridge and patching work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route E - June 1-3, road will be closed at Cuivre River for bridge work.  Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The bridge will be open each evening.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 2-3, road will be one lane traffic at various locations from the Audrain County line to Missouri Route 94 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to find alternate routes during these times. Please obey all work zone signs and personnel, and remember to always put your cell phone down to help eliminate distractions. 

 

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR DEATH ROW INMATE’S APPEAL FOR A FIRING SQUAD

 

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Missouri death row inmate who is seeking execution by firing squad.
Over the dissent of the three liberal justices, the court on Monday left in place a lower court ruling against inmate Ernest Johnson that could allow him to be executed by lethal injection.
He is on death row for killing three convenience store workers in Columbia, Missouri, in 1994.
Johnson has argued that Missouri's lethal injection drug, pentobarbital, could trigger seizures because of a brain condition.
The effect of the court's order is to prevent Johnson from amending his lawsuit to include the possibility of execution by firing squad, which is not authorized under Missouri law.

 

  

 




May 24, 2021

 

GROUP OF SINGLE MOTHERS SUES MISSOURI OVER MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Two single mothers are among a group of women suing Missouri for denying them access to Medicaid health care as called for in the state Constitution.
The two mothers and a third woman sued Republican Gov. Mike Parson's administration last Thursday.
Voters last year amended the Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including the three women.
Gov. Parson last week 
dropped plans to expand Medicaid after the Legislature refused to pay for it.
The women say they need the health insurance program to get treatment for illnesses including asthma and diabetes.

 

CLICK IT OR TICKET ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN REMINDS EVERYONE TO BUCKLE UP

 

Longer days and warmer weather mean summer fun is almost here. As you gear up for a weekend excursion, or maybe even a road trip with family and friends, make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up for every trip.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is joining with state and local law enforcement May 24 – June 6 in the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to highlight the importance of buckling up. Along with wearing a seat belt, they want to remind motorists to slow down, put the phone down and never drive impaired.

For 2020, preliminary data indicates 428 individuals killed in Missouri traffic crashes were not wearing their seat belt. It is the highest number of unbuckled fatalities in Missouri during the last 5 years and an 18% increase from the year before. Seat belt use in Missouri has consistently risen over the last two decades, but in 2020, that momentum was stopped.

Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, Driving Missouri Toward Safer Roads, identifies four key focus areas to help reduce traffic deaths, including the importance of seat belts, car seats, and motorcycle helmets. Other focus areas in the plan include distracted driving, speeding and impaired driving. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan, and to check out the Coalition’s new video promoting the plan, visit www.savemolives.com.

 




Weekend Report- May 22-23, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Louisiana man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:25pm Saturday in Pike County.  30 year old Preston Shepherd was on Route W when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the road and exited the road to the left, overturning and striking two trees.  He was transported by Arch Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Louis County.  21 year old Keyonta McClendon of St. Louis was eastbound on I-270 when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.  He was taken to DePaul Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A teen was hurt in an early Friday morning crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Logan Nuener of Villa Ridge was on Highway AT when he swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, causing his car to travel off the left side of the road and strike a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment. 

 




May 20, 2021

 

DED AWARDS $18.8 MILLION TO HELP COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

 

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Wednesday it will award $18.8 million to 29 recipients through its Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program to help communities recently affected by disasters become more resilient. 

Funded projects include infrastructure improvements, strengthening public buildings, generators for facilities, and improving disaster warning systems.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES DRIVING TIPS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND

 

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend on the horizon, and more people starting to hit the roadways, we wanted to know what motorists should watch out for.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn provided some advice.

 

"Motorists can obviously make sure safety is part of their planning, follow all traffic laws, wear their seat belts and don't drive impaired," Dunn said.

 

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, 10 people died and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes.

Troopers also made 118 driving while intoxicated arrests.
The counting period for the patrol this year for the Memorial Day holiday weekend is from 6 p.m. May 28 to 11:59 p.m. May 31.

 




May 19, 2021

 

ELITE TOOL EXPANDS IN MOSCOW MILLS BRINGING 20 NEW JOBS

 

Elite Tool, a manufacturing company specializing in machining and fabrication, announced Tuesday it will invest more than $3 million to expand its existing facility in Moscow Mills. The expansion includes plans to add 20 new jobs to Elite Tool’s workforce.

Elite Tool’s 71,000-square-foot facility is strategically designed to provide customers a comprehensive array of services to simplify supply chain requirements, reduce cost, and save time. To meet customers’ increasing needs, the company’s expansion will add positions with an average wage of $41,400 across all departments. 

For its expansion, Elite Tool used the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. 

 

MISSOURI GAS TAX HIKE COULD BE PUT TO PUBLIC VOTE

 

A conservative advocacy group's Missouri chapter is seeking to put what's expected to be the state's first gas tax hike in years to a public vote.
The secretary of state said Monday that Americans for Prosperity-Missouri's director filed the referendum petition.
Missouri's Republican-led Legislature last week approved a gradual increase in the state's 17 cents per gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law.
Missouri voters have repeatedly voted down increases to the gas tax.

 

 




May 18, 2021

 

CHARGES FILED IN 36 YEAR OLD CAMDEN COUNTY MURDER CASE

 

Camden County authorities were still working Monday to extradite a 78-year-old Louisiana man back to Missouri to face charges in a 36-year-old murder case.

At a May 14 news conference, Camden County prosecutor Caleb Cunningham announced a no-bond warrant had been issued for Larry Gene Hicks for the murder of Diane Lukosius.

"This case has never left this community and has always been in the back of mind of every person who's ever worked in justice enforcement, including me and my office," Cunningham said.

Investigators said then 30-year-old dental assistant Diane Lukosius was driving home from a Christmas party Dec. 15, 1984, when she was forced off the road into a ditch outside her home in Camelot Estates and was bludgeoned. She died two days later in the hospital.

They said Hicks knew the woman and had seen her at a local tavern that night. Deputies interviewed the suspect's wife, who said she remembered Hicks was drunk the night Lukosius was killed. Others told investigators Hicks would get violent when he had been drinking. Cunningham's office pick up the case, and in January, tracked Hicks to Franklin, Louisiana.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms joined the department 30 years ago, just after the Lukosius murder and initial investigation. He said making an arrest now has taken the weight off decades of work.

"It was very emotional," Helms said. "But after you get past that emotion, everybody's just taking a big deep breath and a sigh of relief. There's closure."

Cunningham said Hicks was considered a suspect early on and was questioned in 1989 and 1990, but no charges ever came of that.

Hicks now faces prosecution for second-degree murder. If convicted, he could spend what's left of his life in a Missouri prison.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS FY 2021 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET BILL

 

Last week Governor Mike Parson signed HB 15, which allows for the continued current operations of state government through FY 2021. HB 15 totals over $2.1 billion, including $254.8 million in general revenue, $1.7 billion in federal funds, and $116.7 million in other funds. 

The supplemental budget bill contains funding for several items, including the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, Pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Coronavirus Local Government Fiscal Recovery Fund. HB 15 also includes funding for road construction, long-term care, child care providers, water and sewer bill assistance, and homeowner financial assistance, among others.

 

 




May 17, 2021

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS APPROVE LEGAL PROTECTION FROM COVID LAWSUITS

 

Missouri lawmakers have approved new legal protections against coronavirus lawsuits as one of the final actions of their 2021 session.

The bill passed Friday would shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Parson, who made it one of his priorities.

If signed by Parson, it wouldn't take effect until Aug. 28. The bill would prevent lawsuits against businesses unless someone can prove they were exposed there and sickened by the coronavirus, and that the business was acting recklessly.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION OPERATION SAVES 9 VICTIMS

 

Nine victims were rescued Friday night during a joint human trafficking operation conducted by several Boone County and state law enforcement agencies.

According to a release from the state attorney general's office, the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Attorney General’s Office and "a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies" conducted the operation out of the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia. In addition to the nine victims, participating agencies "made contact" with two children during the operation. Two suspects were detained.

Rise Coalition, True North and Relentless Pursuit offered victim services, including on-site medical treatment, food, counseling and lodging to the nine rescued.

The investigation is ongoing. Jeremiah Hunter, CPD assistant police chief and commander of the department's Investigations Bureau, said his team will continue to work toward the attorney general's goal of quelling human trafficking in the region.

The following agencies participated in the operation: The Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, MSHP’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, MSPH’s Missouri Information Analysis Center, Missouri Gaming Commission, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

 




Weekend Report- May 15-16, 2021

 

MINEOLA TRUCK PARKING LOTS ON INTERSTATE 70 TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONDAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Weather permitting, the west bound Interstate 70 trucking parking only lot at Mineola will close Monday, May 17 at 7 a.m. and will reopen around noon as Missouri Department of Transportation crews will make significant pavement repairs to the area.  “After the westbound parking lot is completed, we will move to the eastbound lot, so it will close around noon with the expectation to reopen by 4 p.m.,” explained MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga.

“We have a contractor who manages the temporary repairs, and we are now going in to make all the permanent repairs needed to the surface,” Maninga said.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Sunday, May 9 at approximately 3:19AM, a Mexico Public Safety officer observed a blue 2003 Ford Explorer being operated erratically in the area of Clark and Boulevard.  When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver attempted to avoid the officer and drove several blocks to the northwest before leaving the roadway and striking a tree stump in the 400 block of Clay Street.  The driver then ran from the scene.  It was determined the Ford had been stolen from the 700 block of S Jefferson St. sometime during the previous half hour.

 

The suspect is described as a tall, slim black male with a goatee.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100. 

 

There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

 




May 14, 2021

 

MISSOURI DHSS APPROVES PFIZER COVID VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced their approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15.

DHSS Acting Director Robert Knodell and State Epidemiologist Dr. George Turabelidze signed a standing order to allow the administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to kids in that age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in kids as young as 12.

The order allows about 313,000 more people to get vaccinated.

DHSS is working to enroll pediatricians into the state's vaccine program. This will allow doctors to order the vaccines needed.

In most cases, parents or guardians will need to be present for children under 18 to get the vaccine. Sometimes, written permission will be accepted.

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES PHARMACY LOCATIONS ARE ADMINISTERING FREE COVID VACCINES TO 12-15 YEAR OLDS

 

On Thursday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations are now administering free COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 12 to 15, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group.
Hy-Vee has been offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to individuals 16 and older for several weeks.
Minors must have parental or guardian consent in order to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Hy-Vee asks that a parent or guardian accompany minors to both their first and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations.
Individuals can walk in to receive the vaccine, or make an appointment in advance online.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, they can visit www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, select “Find Appointments” and complete the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DROPS PLANNED MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for a measure approved by voters.
The Republican governor said Thursday that his administration has withdrawn an expansion plan that had been submitted to federal officials.
Parson said he cannot proceed with it because the $35 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature did not approve his funding proposal for the expansion.
The decision is likely to trigger a lawsuit from supporters of Medicaid expansion.
Voters last November approved a ballot measure expanding eligibility to low-income adults.

 




May 13, 2021

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL TO LIMIT POLICE CHOKEHOLDS

 

The Missouri Senate has voted to limit when police can use chokeholds.
The bill's 31-2 bipartisan passage Wednesday in the GOP-led Senate represents a rare step by state lawmakers to take action in response to police violence.
Little has been done by Missouri's Republican Legislature since a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.
Suburban St. Louis Sen. Brian Williams this year proposed banning police chokeholds following George Floyd's death.
The bill was pared back to only allow police to use chokeholds in self-defense if they or someone else are in serious danger.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS PASS LEGISLATION LIMITING LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

 

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to limit local public health orders that have imposed restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill given final approval Wednesday would limit orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
The bill was prompted by outrage over long-lasting restrictions in St. Louis County and some other places.
St. Louis County relaxed some restrictions but still requires social distancing and face masks inside businesses.
Lawmakers also are nearing final approval on legislation that would let businesses affected by restrictions to seek property tax breaks.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time in decades.
The GOP-led House on Tuesday voted 104-52 to gradually raise Missouri's 17-cent gas tax to pay for road and bridge maintenance.
If signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, the measure would raise the tax by 2.5 cents a year until it hits 29.5 cents per gallon in 2025.
Drivers could get a refund if they save their gas receipts.
Some GOP lawmakers argued the tax hike will impact poor families the most.

 

  

 




Weekend Report- May 8-9, 2021

 

IF GRASS IS GROWING, MOWERS ARE MOWING

 

It has been a rainy spring and that—coupled with warmer temperatures—means seasonal growth on Missouri roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution when encountering tractor mowers near the shoulder of interstates and other busy roadways beginning this month and throughout the summer.

"Even the most aggressive warning lights and signs aren’t effective when drivers are distracted," said MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. “For the health and wellbeing of our workers and yourself, please watch out for our crews, slow down, buckle up and put your phone down. We want everyone to get home safely.”

Major and minor routes are mowed in three cycles usually starting in mid-May and continuing in July and September. MoDOT mows about 400,000 acres of grass statewide each year, which is equivalent to 300,000 football fields. Along with mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt vegetation growth, control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds. Encouraging wildflower growth and using herbicides carefully adds additional benefits in reducing the amount of time spent mowing.

On rural two-lane roads, crews may use a protective "follow" truck to alert motorists they are approaching slow-moving mowers.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPENS ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

A draft 2022-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Missouri Department of Transportation Planning Director Eric Curtit told commissioners the draft STIP includes 1,417 highway and bridge projects, of which 84% will maintain the system in the condition it is in today. On average, this STIP annually invests in 740 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,387 miles of major route pavements, 2,733 miles of minor route pavements and 277 bridges.

Missouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,832 miles of roadways and 10,397 bridges but ranks 45th nationally in revenue per mile.

“MoDOT’s priority is maintaining the existing system of highways and bridges,” Curtit said. “We have developed asset management plans for each district, which focus on preventive maintenance improvements to keep good roads and bridges in good condition. If preventive maintenance investments were not made, the cost of improving the asset in poor condition can cost four to ten times more.”

This STIP includes funding for the “Focus on Bridges” program that was initiated by Governor Parson and funded by the Missouri General Assembly in 2019. The first phase authorized $50 million in general revenue to expedite the repair and replacement of 45 bridges that had already been identified as some of the state’s top bridge priorities by local planning organizations. The second authorized $301 million in bonding – to be repaid over seven years from general revenue – to repair or replace another 215 bridges that had been previously prioritized, contingent on Missouri receiving a federal INFRA Grant to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport. Missouri received an $81.2 million INFRA Grant in July 2019, which triggered the first of two bond sales which occurred in November 2019. During 2020, 101 Focus on Bridges projects were completed and many more will be completed in 2021.

 




May 7, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Tuesday at approximately 2:21PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S Clark in reference to a robbery.  Responding personnel learned that a male entered a business in that location, pointed a gun at an employee, and demanded money.  The suspect eventually left with about $300 in cash.  The suspect is described as being either bi-racial or a white male with a dark complexion.  He is slightly over 6’0” tall with a slim build.  He was clean-shaven and wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap, blue jeans, and large dark sunglasses.  He was also possibly seen in the area with a black umbrella.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUCES SCALING BACK OF NATIONAL GUARD’S INVOLVEMENT IN VACCINE CLINICS

 

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday the Missouri National Guard has begun scaling back its assistance with mass vaccination sites across the state.

A news release from Parson's office cited a significant decrease in demand for the vaccine as the primary reason for the withdrawal.

“We are in a far different situation today than we were just a couple months ago," Parson said in the release. “Missouri is in a good place on the vaccine front, and that is thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of our National Guard members to get vaccines into the arms of Missourians. We couldn't be more thankful for the hard work of these dedicated men and women over the past several months.”

According to the release, there are no plans to cancel state-supported vaccine events through the month of May. Operation of those sites will begin to shift, however, and Parson's office said it expects a full withdrawal of the National Guard by June 1. Groups such as FEMA, the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team and other local groups will continue to assist with sites previously operated by the National Guard.

Officials said SEMA will also still supply PPE for local events and will provide volunteers for local events.

State officials are continuing to work with vaccinator sites across Missouri "to promote more convenience-driven vaccine options for Missourians like walk-up availability and extended hours of operation."

The governor's office cited data that shows 80 percent of Missourians live within a five-mile radius of a vaccination site.

“Vaccines are readily available all across the state, and Missourians can often walk right into their local pharmacy and receive a shot," Parson said in the release. "With universal vaccine availability and decreased interest at our mass vaccination events, scaling back our state-supported teams is the right decision for the most efficient use of our resources."

According to the state's dashboard, more than 4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Missouri. Around 2.4 million Missourians have received at least one dose and more than 1.8 million are fully vaccinated.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS VOTE TO ELEVATE STATUS OF NATIONAL GUARD

 

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would make the Missouri National Guard its own department within state government.
The bill passed Wednesday by the House now goes to Gov. Mike Parson.
It previously passed the Senate.
The National Guard currently is part of the state Department of Public Safety, which also oversees the State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency, the state's fire safety office, alcohol and tobacco regulators and other programs.
Some legislators have tried for several years to carve out the National Guard into its own department.

 

 




May 6, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DIRECTS STATE WORKERS TO RETURN ON MAY 17

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, and that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.

 

“Since the start of COVID-19, our state team members have gone above and beyond to keep state government running and continue providing quality public service to Missourians,” Gov. Parson said. “Thanks in large part to their efforts, Missouri is in a strong position, and we continue to move forward each day.”

“With COVID-19 vaccines now readily available across the state and virus activity at its lowest levels since early days of the pandemic, we are confident that it is safe to return to pre-COVID-19 work settings and schedules,” Gov. Parson added.

 

COVID-19 screening and testing protocols will remain in place, and all employees are encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available to all state employees. Team members can use vaccinefinder.org to find available vaccinators in their area. While there will be no statewide mandates, state team members are encouraged to practice COVID-19 preventative measures.

“As public servants in state government, it is important that we maintain a front-facing presence for those we serve, and it’s time we take this step towards normalcy for ourselves and the people of Missouri,” Governor Parson said.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON HIGHWAY PROTESTS

 

The Missouri House has passed legislation to crack down on protesters who block roadways.
The Republican-led House voted 98-50 to pass the bill.
The legislation would make repeatedly blocking traffic a felony.
The tactic is often used to draw attention to racial injustice.
Protesters angered by the death of George Floyd blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area last summer.
The House also amended the bill to cram in provisions from dozens of other loosely related bills.
The number of changes made to the Senate bill likely means negotiators will pare it back in the final version.

 




May 5, 2021

 

WOMAN MISSING REPORT FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY AREA

 

A woman who was last seen in the Montgomery County area is still missing.  25 year old Tori Taylor was last seen on Tuesday April 20 in Montgomery County and has not had contact with friends or family for several days.  She has not been responding to messages or active on social media.  She borrowed a car from a friend who resides in Fulton on Wednesday April 21 and promised to return it a day later but did not.  She is described as being a white female with brown hair and green eyes, weighing 100 lbs. and 5 ft. 2 in. tall.  If anyone has information regarding Tori Taylor’s whereabouts, please contact the Fulton Police Department at 573-592-3100.

 

MISSOURI STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES BILL ALLOWING FOR LIFELONG RESTRAINING ORDERS

 

Judges could issue lifelong restraining orders that also cover pets under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.
Senators on Monday voted 31-0 to send the bill to Gov. Mike Parson.
Currently, orders of protection are limited to at most one year.
After that, victims have to go back to court to get an extension.
Under the bill, judges have the option to grant restraining orders for longer lengths of time depending on the potential threat.
The orders could be automatically renewed.
The measure also would allow restraining orders to cover people's pets.

 

NEWLY INTRODUCED HOUSE BILL WOULD EXPAND WIC PROGRAM TO FARMERS MARKETS

 

A Missouri state lawmaker is working to expand a program so mothers in the Women-Infant-Children's Nutrition Program are able to shop at farmers' markets.

House Bill 652, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Representative Martha Stevens, would expand the program that already allows low-income Missouri seniors to use food stamp vouchers at farmers' markets.

Taylor Cleveland, manager of Lincoln University Farmer's Market said the opportunity would provide recipients with more options for nutrient-rich foods. She said local farmers work hard to make certain their products are safe and healthy.

"They don't grow organically, they try really hard not to use pesticides or herbicides and it's very much so a health-conscious market, especially with COVID, and we've had a huge increase in customers and they are all looking for local fresh."

If passed, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will work to secure eligible farmers and farmer's markets.

 

 




May 4, 2021

 

MISSOURI VETERANS COMMISSION AND MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAUNCH NEW BENEFITS AND RESOURCE PORTAL FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY MEMBERS

 

The Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) announces the launch of the Missouri Benefits and Resource Portal. In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Office of the Missouri Military Advocate, MVC created the portal to serve as an informational tool and service guide to help Veterans find potential benefits and local resources.

 

The initiative for a one-stop-shop for Veteran resources began after a University of Central Missouri research project commissioned by the Office of the Missouri Military Advocate. The project resulted in a 32-page document titled “A Comprehensive Analysis of Missouri’s Efforts to Improve the Quality of Life for Military Service Members and their Families,” which recommended a centralized website.

 

The portal can be found at veteranbenefits.mo.gov. Updates will be made as new resources become available.

 

For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or visit mvc.dps.mo.gov.

 

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH

 

Warm spring weather has arrived, and motorcyclists are eager to hit the road.  As they tune their engines and prepare for numerous road trips to come, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Missouri roadways.

“Preliminary reports indicate that 13% of all Missouri traffic fatalities in 2020 involved a motorcycle, with 117 motorcyclist lives lost,” said Jon Nelson, executive committee chair of the coalition. “One life is too many. We want to remind all drivers to slow down, pay attention, and look twice for motorcyclists when changing lanes or entering a roadway. We also encourage our motorcyclists to wear proper safety gear, ride at an appropriate speed, and never ride impaired.”

 




May 3, 2021

 

MISSOURI STRUGGLES TO REPORT COVID CASES AMONG THE VACCINATED

 

Missouri has reported just 14 breakthrough COVID-19 cases among people who are fully vaccinated to federal health officials, even though dozens more have been detected in just the state's largest county.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked states at the start of this month to instruct local health departments and health systems to collect real-time information on "breakthrough infections."
States are to collect the data and enter it into a national database.
By mid April, when the CDC announced its first tally of breakthrough infections, it caught a disease investigator for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health by surprise.

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOLD COMMUNITY BRIEFING MONDAY

 

A community briefing will be held Monday at 3 p.m. to provide information about the current state of COVID-19 cases and the future of the Health Orders in Columbia and Boone County. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning will be speaking.
The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. Members of the media are invited to attend. Social distancing measures will be in place. Masks are required. Due to social distancing measures and limited capacity in the Council Chambers, the public is strongly encouraged to view the briefing via livestream or via local media broadcasts. 
The briefing will be livestreamed for the public at 
http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=65422f1d-3cac-496e-a46b-91c619f7f894 and will begin five minutes before 3 p.m. and broadcast live on Spectrum 992, Mediacom 80 and CenturyLink 96.

 




Weekend Report- May 1-2, 2021

 

NEW LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE OPEN TO TRAFFIC AT MINEOLA HILL

 

Last winter, the new climbing lanes on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County at Mineola Hill were completed and open to traffic.  A third lane was added to both east and westbound I-70 near mile marker 170 at Danville, providing motorists an opportunity to pass commercial vehicles, without the larger vehicles having to move out of their lane while going up the steep grade hill. 

In addition, the project included the replacement of the eastbound Loutre River Bridge. The bridge is complete and now open to traffic. Removal of the old bridge will begin within the next couple of weeks.

“One of the primary purposes of this entire project is to enable traffic to flow more safely and efficiently,” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Brandi Baldwin.

This bridge was included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The Mineola Hill project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and Cooper Counties

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE P BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN ON TUESDAY   

 

Weather permitting, Tuesday, May 4, crews will close Montgomery County Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Montgomery County Route K near Americus, for bridge replacement.  This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 




April 30, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ADVANCES BILL LIMITING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri House is advancing a bill to limit pandemic-related lawsuits.
The GOP-led House gave the proposal initial approval in a voice vote Thursday.
Under the bill, businesses and private property owners couldn't be sued unless they intentionally expose people to a contagious illness and people get sick.
The bill would prevent government interference with businesses or other privately owned properties unless there's a major infectious disease outbreak and governments couldn't order someone to quarantine unless they're infected.
Limiting COVID-19 lawsuits is a top priority for Republican Gov. Mike Parson.
Lawmakers only have until mid-May to pass the bill. 

 

MISSOURI SENATE OFFICIALLY VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

The Missouri Senate has voted against paying for Medicaid expansion.
Senators on Wednesday voted 20-14 against a proposal to add the funding to the state budget.
The vote locks in the House's decision not to pay for Medicaid expansion.
Missouri voters last year voted to expand who is eligible for government health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature has long opposed growing the program.
Now they're trying to thwart expansion by blocking funding for it.
If lawmakers send the governor a budget without paying for the program, it likely will set up a court battle.

 




April 29, 2021

 

CDC UPDATES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FULLY VACCINATED ADULTS

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated mask guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new recommendations apply only to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as anyone fully vaccinated while taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to adhere to all previous recommendations regarding masking and social distancing.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals may now do the following:

 

·         Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.

·         Gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household without masks or staying six feet apart unless an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness is present. Note the recommendation is “one other household,” not two or more households.

·         Gather or do things outdoors without wearing a mask except in crowded settings and venues.

·         If you have been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or get tested for the virus unless you have symptoms.

·         If traveling within the United States, you do not need to get tested before you travel or quarantine after travel, unless you begin to experience symptoms.

·         If traveling outside of the United States, observe the COVID-19 restrictions in your destination country. You do not need to be tested before leaving the United States unless the destination requires it.

·         When boarding an international flight back to the United States, you will need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

·         You do not need to quarantine after arriving back in the United States; however, you should still get tested three to five days after returning from international travel or sooner if you are experiencing symptoms.

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to practice precautions in other situations:

Continue wearing a snugly fitted mask in indoor public settings, while indoors with unvaccinated adults and children from more than one household, and when visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness.

Avoid large indoor gatherings.

Protect yourself while traveling by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance when possible.

If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, immediately quarantine, and get tested.

Continue to follow guidance at your workplace and while visiting public places.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing the disease, especially severe illness and death from it. However, there are several issues undetermined about vaccines:

How effective they are against COVID-19 variants

How long they protect people against COVID-19

How effective they are at keeping vaccinated people from spreading the disease

How well they protect people with weakened immune systems and those taking medications that suppress immunity

Comprehensive information regarding the updated guidelines for vaccinated people is available on the CDC website.

 

HY-VEE PHARMACY NOW OFFERING FREE COVID VACCINES WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS

 

On Wednesday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations will now offer free COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary to provide the option to walk in and receive the vaccine when it’s convenient.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, that option is still available by visiting www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, selecting “Find Appointments” and completing the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

BILL DISCOURAGING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS HITS ROADBLOCK

 

A Missouri bill to shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits has hit a major roadblock in the Legislature.
A House committee voted the bill down Monday.
The measure was meant to protect hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson says the bill is a top priority for him.
The measure passed the GOP-led Senate before it failed to pass out of the House committee.
It's still possible for the proposal to pass before lawmakers' May 14 deadline, but the failure in the House committee isn't a good sign.

 

MISSOURI SENATE TABLES BILL OPPOSING FEDERAL GUN LAWS

 

The Missouri Senate has tabled a bill to invalidate federal gun laws after pushback from Democrats who said the proposal would threaten partnerships between local and federal authorities.
The bill seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person's Second Amendment right to bear arms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Republican Sen. Eric Burlison, of Battlefield, said it would allow individuals to sue local police departments and governments if their action "knowingly deprives a citizen of Missouri of the rights or privileges ensured by" the Second Amendment.
Critics have said courts have ruled that federal laws cannot be nullified by the states.

 

 




April 28, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE COMMITTEE ENDORSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

A Missouri House committee unanimously endorsed a proposal to increase the state's gasoline tax.
The House Transportation Committee's vote on Monday sends the measure to the full House, where some Republicans oppose raising taxes.
If it's approved, Missouri's gasoline tax would increase 12.5 cents over five years, resulting in a tax of 29.5 cents per gallon.
It would be the first increase since 1996.
House Speaker Rob Vescovo, a Republican from Arnold, has previously said he's against tax hikes.
The Senate approved the measure in March.
Supporters say the state needs the revenue to repair deteriorating infrastructure. 

 

MISSOURI’S TOTAL COVID CASE NUMBER TOPS 500,000

 

The number of Missourians who have been infected with the coronavirus has now topped the half-million mark.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Tuesday cited 524 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 500,071.
The state also reported 37 new deaths, though 34 of those occurred between November and earlier this month and were uncovered in the state's weekly review of death certificates.
All told, 8,732 Missourians have died from the virus.

 

 

 

 




April 27, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE P BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK

 

Weather permitting, Tuesday, May 4, crews will close Montgomery County Route P at Dry Fork Creek, located 0.7 mile south of Montgomery County Route K near Americus, for bridge replacement. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project in the amount of $638,177. The contractor has 85 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES LIHEAP ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CHANGES TO HELP MORE MISSOURIANS PAY ENERGY BILLS

Last week Governor Mike Parson announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is extending one-time primary heating bill payments through May 31, 2021.

In addition, eligibility for both the heating and cooling programs are expanding from Missouri households with incomes up to 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to include Missouri households with an income of up to 60 percent of State Median Income (SMI). This change will now allow a family of four with an annual income of up to $51,021 to receive benefits compared to an annual income of $35,364.

 60 Percent of the SMI                     

Number of Persons

Monthly Income

Yearly Income

1

$    2,211

$  26,531

2

$    2,891

$  34,694

3

$    3,571

$  42,858

4

$    4,252

$  51,021

5

$    4,932

$  59,184

6

$    5,612

$  67,348

To determine eligibility for households over six people, add an additional $128 per person per month or $1,536 per year. 

In addition to meeting the income criteria, households must also meet the following criteria to qualify for LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments
  • All household members must be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence

Winter ECIP runs November through May and helps get low-income households out of crisis when its energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection. Low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming should get help now to prevent service disconnection later.

Missourians can submit a LIHEAP application form online, by mail or fax, or drop off a paper application form in person.

 




April 26, 2021

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THE STATE WILL RESUME JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday vaccinators throughout the state will resume using the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The decision comes 10 days after the CDC announced a nationwide pause on the shot due to a small number of people reporting a rare and severe type of blood clot caused by the vaccine.

The FDA and CDC made the decision to lift the pause after the CDC studied the vaccine and concluded the "known and potential benefits" of the single shot vaccine "outweigh its known and potential risks."

Missouri vaccinators can resume use of the Johnson & Johnson shot immediately. Just over 105,000 doses of the shot were administered in the state before the temporary hold. No cases of the clots were reported in Missouri.

Even though the side effects are rare, both the FDA and CDC recommend people who develop "severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks" of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should immediately contact a health care provider.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS DIVIDED OVER PERSONAL PROPERTY LAW PROPOSAL

 

A law proposed by state lawmakers in Missouri is expected to cost an estimated $1.7 billion in revenue.

The proposal would give voters the option to stop the collection of personal property taxes in Missouri.

Items in this tax include vehicles, livestock, machinery and office equipment.

But, some lawmakers like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin say that the lost revenue would be too much and would hurt rural communities.

 

"A lot of things that it is paying for, our schools, our nursing homes, our emergency services," said State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "So, no one from the state Legislature level is going to come in and give us money to replace that loss, so there's no way I'm voting for it."

 

The bill already failed in the Senate earlier this year, but the house has reintroduced it and will vote on it before the end of the legislative year.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER SAYS UNEMPLOYMENT HELP MAY NOT BE HELPING

 

With COVID-19 putting millions of Americans out of work, some have had a hard time getting back on their feet.

However, some lawmakers believe the reason that the unemployment rate is going up is not due to there not being jobs, but that they are making more money from staying at home, than at their original jobs.

With Republicans like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin saying that the aid is hurting the economy, not helping it.

 

"They're not very good at getting things done, but one thing they can do is keep you from getting it done and I think that's what happening here," said Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "In the name of helping people, we're destroying our economy of our businesses by keeping people from coming in and working. "

 

According to the Department of Labor, Missouri’s unemployment rate currently sits at 4.2%, which is under the 6 percent reported at the end of March.

 

 




Weekend Report- April 24-25, 2021

 

TEENAGE GIRL KILLED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An unidentified teenage girl from Mexico was killed in an accident that occurred at 4:25pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says the 15 year old girl was riding a UTV in a private field on Audrain Road when it overturned, ejecting her from the UTV.  She was transported by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia where she was pronounced dead from her injuries a short time later. 

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

 

A man was injured in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in Gasconade County.  31 year old Henry Lorton of Owensville was on MO 28 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to begin to slide and was ejected from it.  He refused medical care for his injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Callaway County.  18 year old Sierra Knight of Williamsburg, MO was on West County Road 132 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




April 23, 2021

 

HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING TRANSGENDER GIRLS FROM COMPETING IN GIRLS SPORTS

 

Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill advancing in the Missouri House.
House lawmakers voted 100-51 on Wednesday to add the proposal to another bill.
Republican supporters argued the change is needed to protect girls in sports.
They decried the risk of being called bigots, hateful or transphobic for proposing the rule.
Democrats at times wept and said the rule change could push transgender children to kill themselves.
Missouri's current public high school sports rules already prohibit transgender girls from competing on girls teams unless they're undergoing hormone therapy.

 

MISSOURI SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

A Missouri Senate budget committee has voted against funding Medicaid expansion.
The budget panel voted 7-7 Wednesday on a Republican-sponsored proposal that would have set money aside to pay for the program.
The tied vote meant the proposal failed.
Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend government health care to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature is arguing over whether to pay for it.
The leader of the budget committee says it's now up to the full Senate to make a final decision on funding for the program.

 




April 22, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES TO EXPEL REPRESENTATIVE ACCUSED OF ABUSE

 

On Wednesday, the Missouri House voted overwhelmingly to expel Republican Rep. Rick Roeber from the House, who is accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.

Top lawmakers cited the offenses he committed make him unfit to serve.

His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.

The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn’t file charges. He previously told the committee that he didn’t sexually abuse his children.

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COVID VACCINE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is partnering with Boone Health and MU Health Care to host a COVID-19 vaccination outreach clinic at Indian Hills Park, 5009 Aztec Blvd., on Saturday, April 24. The clinic will be held at the Indian Hills Shelter from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The clinic is being held at the park for neighbors in the area but all are welcome to schedule an appointment. Moderna will be given at this clinic so anyone aged 18 or older is eligible for the vaccine. The vaccine is free and no health insurance is required.
Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by following this link: 
CoMo.gov/Health/fgfhysiispkd/?ap=ftyhkuio39ddd%*7_special_event or by visiting CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine and clicking on the "Sign up for the Indian Hills vaccine clinic" button. Those unable to schedule an appointment online are welcomed to call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). Second doses will be administered May 22 at the same location. 
These types of outreach clinics are being held to reduce barriers for Boone County residents to be vaccinated. Staff and resources will be provided by PHHS, Boone Health and MU Health Care. Thanks to Columbia Parks and Recreation for the use of the park shelter, Columbia Public Works for lending message boards and Heart of Missouri United Way for outreach assistance.

 




April 21, 2021

 

BABYSITTER CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN DEATH OF COLUMBIA GIRL

 

A 44-year-old babysitter has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 8-month-old girl.
Jennifer Johnson, of Fayette, was charged Monday after the girl died on Sunday night at a Columbia hospital.
Johnson was also charged with child abuse and child endangerment.
Court documents say the child suffered multiple bruises on her head, face and abdomen, as well as cuts on her chin and nose.
Johnson was babysitting for the child and her siblings Saturday night.
When the parents returned Sunday morning, they found the baby unresponsive and rushed her to a hospital.
Johnson was being held in the Boone County Jail with no bond.

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES RESIGNS

 

Missouri's health director has resigned.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the departure of Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams.
Williams was appointed to the job in 2017 by Parson's predecessor, former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens.
Williams helped lead the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and is leaving amid the vaccine rollout.
Parson says he's naming his deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, to be the state's acting health director.
Parson says Knodell has also been leading the state's COVID-19 response, but Knodell doesn't have a medical background as Williams does

 

REPORT SAYS MISSOURI LAWMAKER SHOULD BE OUSTED AFTER ABUSE CLAIMS

 

A state House committee report says a new Missouri lawmaker accused of physically and sexually abusing his children years ago should be ousted.
The Missouri House Ethics Committee on Monday released its report on Republican Rep. Rick Roeber.
His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.
The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn't file charges.
The committee says claims against Roeber are credible.
Roeber tried to resign last week, but the House refused to accept his resignation in order to complete the investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 




April 20, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Sunday at 9:27 pm, MPSD were called to the 800 block of Boulevard regarding a residential fire.  They found that a candle had been left burning, unattended, in the living room. The candle caught nearby window dressings on fire.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the curtains and ceiling suffering fire damage but the rest of the building was not damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SUNDAY HOMICIDE

 

At approximately 11:16 a.m. on April 18, the Columbia Police Department responded to a report of a death that occurred in the 1000 block of Elleta Blvd. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim was an eight month old female. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division were called to assist and determined the death of the infant was a homicide.

A suspect was identified as Jennifer Johnson, 44, of Fayette. 

As a result, Johnson was arrested for second degree murder, child abuse and first degree child endangerment. 

Johnson has been remanded to the custody of Boone County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division. More details may become available later.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

THREE MISSOURI RESIDENTS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three Missouri residents are injured after an accident in Callaway County Sunday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old Linda Hoaglin of Columbia was driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the 137.4 mile marker in Callaway County at 9:06 p.m. Sunday.  At that time Hoaglin’s vehicle collided with a truck driven by 45 year old Joseph Wimberly of Odessa Both drivers and an occupant in Wimberly’s truck were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia Hoaglin was taken for treatment of serious injuries; Wimberly was taken for treatment of moderate injuries; and Wimberly’s passenger, 21 year old Lucas West of Higginsville, was taken for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




April 19, 2021

 

MISSOURI PREPARING TO LAUNCH $5 MILLION COVID VACCINE CAMPAIGN

 

Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.

Called Stronger Together, the campaign will begin next month and will provide vaccination information through radio, TV, print and social media messages.

Vaccinators this week reported hundreds of openings for appointments around the state, despite the opening of eligibility.

State data also shows that just 33.3% of residents had received at least one dose as of Thursday.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox says the number of public health agencies requesting vaccines dropped by half last week.

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF POSSIBLE LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE EXPOSURE AT MACON HOTEL

 

State and local health officials are warning of a potential for Legionnaires' disease exposure at a hotel in northeast Missouri.

Two people were diagnosed with the severe form of pneumonia after using the hot tub or the pool late last month while staying at a Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon.

Officials say it is unknown whether the hotel was the source of the bacteria that caused the two people to become sick.

KMIZ-TV reports that testing of the hot tub indicated the presence of Legionella bacteria; all other test results were negative.

 

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN MOBERLY

 

Moberly police are investigating the report of a weekend armed robbery.

The incident happened at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, at Check into Cash, located on North Morley Street.

Police say a male subject walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The subject then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

An employee and customer were inside the store when the robbery occurred and were not injured.

According to witness description and surveillance video, the subject is identified as a tall white male, medium build, and was wearing dark colored clothing and had a partial covering over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moberly Police Department at 660-263-0346 or the Moberly Crime Line at 660-269-TIPS. Any area residents that possibly have surveillance cameras are also asked to check their footage, and contact the department if they observe anything of value related to the investigation.

 




Weekend Report- April 17-18, 2021

 

PAVEMENT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE FF

 

Weather permitting, Apr. 19-23, MoDOT crews will close Montgomery County Route FF from Bellville Road to Ag Road for pavement work.  Work will be completed between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.  The road will reopen each afternoon.  Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this work. 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday, April 14 at approximately 11:44PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Monroe in reference to a car fire.  Responding personnel found a small fire in the engine compartment of a 2007 MINI Cooper.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the engine compartment suffering moderate damage, and the rest of the car being undamaged.  The fire seemed to have started due to an issue with the electrical system.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 

 

 

 




April 15, 2021

 

COLUMIBA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to the 300 block of Duncan St. on April 14 at approximately 12:15 a.m., for a report of shots fired. Officers canvassed the area and located spent shell casings as well as a firearm in the area. 

During the investigation, officers located two juveniles that were in the area. Probable cause was developed to detain both juveniles. 

Both juveniles were released to their guardians.

No property damage was located.

No injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

WANTED SOUTHEAST IOWA MAN CAPTURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

A wanted fugitive from southeast Iowa was captured late Tuesday morning in northeast Missouri after a vehicle pursuit through two counties.

Trevor David White, 36, of Centerville, Iowa, was taken into custody just after 11 a.m.

He was arrested on multiple active felony warrants out of Appanoose and Wapello counties in Iowa. Putnam County Deputy Julie Frazier told KTVO there were 47 pages of warrant documents for White.

Authorities in Appanoose County notified the Putnam County Sheriff's Office around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that White was believed to be at a residence on Highway 5 in Putnam County.

The fugitive was described as armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, who was known to abuse drugs and was an escape risk.

During a surveillance operation, White left the residence, reportedly to get breakfast in Unionville, Missouri.

On the way into town, a Missouri state trooper attempted to pull over the car White was driving.

They said White failed to yield and led law enforcement on an approximately 15-mile pursuit into Sullivan County, Missouri.

There, he was arrested in a field behind a home on Fair Drive.

White waived extradition and was transported to the Appanoose County Law Center in Centerville, Iowa.

New Putnam County charges are now pending against the suspect.

 




April 14, 2021

 

MEXICO DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION TESTING DAY CHANGE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY

 

Captain Corey J. Schoeneberg, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announces the Mexico Driver Examination Station will now administer testing every Wednesday. The Audrain County Courthouse Annex is still the permanent location for testing. The hours of operation will remain 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Mexico Driver Examination Office at 573-355-0407 or consult the Missouri State Highway Patrol website at https://statepatrol.dps.mo.gov.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS CAPITOL DOME AND GOVERNOR’S MANSION LIGHTED PURPLE IN RECOGNITION OF MILITARY CHILD DAY

 

Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and Missouri Governor’s Mansion to shine purple on Thursday in recognition of Military Child’s Day.

The dome and Governor’s Mansion will light up at sunset on April 15 and remain lit until sunrise on April 16. The color purple represents all branches of the military – the combination of each of their respective colors combined into one. 

Missourians are encouraged to wear purple on Thursday to show their support for military children. Businesses are also encouraged to incorporate purple into their window displays and entrances.

 




April 13, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

An O’Fallon man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 4:05pm Monday in Pike County.  21 year old Christopher Fleming was on Missouri 79 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to strike an embankment.  He was transported by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT KILLS DRIVER

 

A St. Louis man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Christopher Harper was northbound on 367 when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

A woman was hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in St. Charles County.  22 year old Cameron Coleman of Bellville, IL was westbound on I-64 when she suffered a medical emergency, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and the front of it struck an impact attenuator.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




April 12, 2021

 

MISSOURI OPENS UP COVID-19 VACCINE TO ALL RESIDENTS 16 AND OLDER

 

Everyone 16 and older in Missouri is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

State officials had announced last month that vaccines would be opened to everyone old enough to receive one on April 9.

State officials estimate that about 4.5 million Missouri residents are now eligible.

State figures show 1.8 million people in Missouri - about 29% of the state's population - had received a first dose of a vaccine by last Thursday.

Of those, more than 1.1 million, or about 19% of the population, had been fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, about 110 million people - more than 33% of the US population - have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while about nearly 65 million people have completed their vaccination.

 

MU HEALTH CARE TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT LATER THIS WEEK

 

MU Health Care is now offering nearly 7,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots to all Missouri adults Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17. It’s part of a new collaboration with the State of Missouri and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

The State of Missouri opened vaccine eligibility to all adults and those 16 and older effective Friday. Those interested in receiving a vaccine can visit muhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-scheduling to schedule an appointment. Patients younger than 18 will need signed parental consent.

The first-dose appointments slots are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 15, 16 and 17. The second doses will be scheduled 21 days later.

The website includes a link to their scheduling system, called TimeTap. Those who need help scheduling an appointment can call the COVID-19 vaccine call center at 573-771-CARE (2273). The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MU Health Care initially received 4,000 doses for a two-day vaccination event, but an extra day of vaccinations was made possible by an additional state allocation of doses to Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services for a mass vaccination event that will utilize MU Health Care’s vaccination site and staff with help from the Missouri National Guard for parking and patient assistance.

MU Health Care’s vaccination site is at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at MU's football stadium and offers the vaccine by appointment only. The area is designed to allow appropriate spacing, efficient patient flow and minimal wait times. For detailed instructions and directions to the site, go to muhealth.org.

 




Weekend Report- April 10-11, 2021

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15pm Friday in Osage County.  44 year old Candace Rand was on MO 133 when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence post.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Rolla man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Osage County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Darren Delanois failed to yield at an intersection at Route E and US 63 causing his truck to travel across US 63 struck a ditch, a hill and a tree before going down an embankment and coming to a rest on US 63.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Rolla man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Osage County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Darren Delanois failed to yield at an intersection at Route E and US 63 causing his truck to travel across US 63 struck a ditch, a hill and a tree before going down an embankment and coming to a rest on US 63.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




April 9, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE FF WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR PAVEMENT WORK

 

Weather permitting, Apr. 12-16, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on Montgomery County Route FF. The road will be closed from Bellvillle Road to Ag Road while the work is completed between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. The road will reopen each afternoon.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Stover woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9:40pm Thursday in Morgan County.  The patrol says that 45 year old Maida Korang was on Route J when she approached the intersection of MO 5 during a period of dense heavy fog and her car traveled through the intersection and across MO 5, became airborne, struck the ground and came to rest against a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MARION COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES

 

A Monroe City Driver received minor injuries in a single vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday night April 7th in Marion County.  According to the Highway patrol 27 year old James Campbell was traveling Westbound on Route C about 4 miles West of Palmyra when he ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.

 




April 8, 2021

 

I-70 BRIDGE CLOSED BY TWO SEPARATE WEDNESDAY ACCIDENTS

 

Heavy rain was a factor in a Wednesday morning accident on the Missouri River Bridge in Boone County, which caused the temporary closure of westbound Interstate 70.  Five vehicles, including three tractor-trailers, were involved in the accident, which occurred just after 7am.  The patrol reported only two minor injuries.  They say one of a car hydroplaned and struck the right barrier of the bridge, causing the chain-reaction collision.  A second accident on the same I-70 bridge caused an additional closure Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol reported no injuries from that second crash.

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE

 

A line of strong thunderstorms rolled through parts of the area Wednesday afternoon, bringing several reports of storm damage.  The National Weather Service had multiple reports of damage to tree limbs and power lines in both Shelbina and Shelbyville, in Shelby County There was also a report of a tin roof being taken off a mobile home in La Belle in Lewis County and a report of down tree limbs in the New London area, in Ralls County The same system prompted a brief tornado warning in East Central Missouri, with no reports of damage.  The only confirmed tornado touchdown during Wednesday’s storms was the northern part of the state of Louisiana, where homes were reported damaged in Morehouse Parish.  More rain is in the forecast for Thursday, across the area, but there is no severe weather expected. 

 

NEW APP ALLOWS RETAIL CASHIERS TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY OF IDS WITH THEIR PHONES

 

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announces it has partnered with the MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division, to launch a free app to aid retail employees and other users in verifying the authenticity of IDs simply by scanning the ID with the camera on a mobile phone or tablet. The “Show-Me ID” app became available to all Missourians on April 1.   

 

The app can be found in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users search for it by typing “Show-Me ID” in their search once they have opened their app store.

 

Show-Me ID automatically signals the user when a scanned ID is fraudulent. The app includes a calendar feature to alert whether the bearer of a legitimate ID is of legal age to purchase alcohol or tobacco products. There is also a guide on the app that reminds the user of the proper steps for checking whether the ID is valid and the prospective purchaser is of legal age. The Show-Me ID app does not store the information from IDs it has scanned.

 

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance among young people in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says excessive drinking is responsible for more than 3,500 deaths among people under age 21 and more than 100,000 emergency room visits by persons aged 12 to 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.

 




April 7, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Silex man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9:10pm Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Steven Norton was on Norton Road when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting him from the car.  He was transported by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

 

Spring weather usually means an increase in outside projects that may require digging or excavation work.

“Before you start digging on any project, it is very important that you contact the Missouri One Call Center at 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at www.mo1call.com so that underground utility lines can be marked,” said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Ryan Silvey. “Help protect yourself, your family and your property by making sure you call or click before you begin a project that requires any digging. It’s smart, it’s free and it’s the law.”

If you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE at least three working days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.

During this three day period, utility companies will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.

Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.

Call before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law. For more information, please go to Missouri One Call at mo1call.com

 

SHOW-ME ZERO TRAFFIC FATALITIES

 

A rise in speeding and other reckless driving behaviors continues to be a disturbing trend in 2021. During the first quarter of the year, there were 176 fatalities in Missouri as a result of traffic crashes. Though down slightly from the first quarter of 2020, officials remain concerned increases in speed observed during the early stages of the pandemic have carried over into 2021.

Preliminary reporting indicates excessive speed played a role in nearly one-third of the traffic deaths so far this year. Unfortunately, this behavior has been exhibited even in vulnerable roadway environments such as work zones. In a recent work zone, law enforcement officers issued 79 citations including several drivers traveling over 100 mph within just a few hours.  

First quarter reports also show a high percentage of people killed in crashes were not using a seat belt. So far in 2021, 68% of the vehicle occupants killed in Missouri crashes were unbuckled. For pickup truck occupants killed in crashes, it’s even worse with 88% being unbuckled.

Speed and a lack of seat belt use aren’t the only concerns. The number of fatalities under the age of 21 has increased by 58% during the first quarter. Likewise, 19 pedestrians have been killed so far in Missouri traffic crashes. In 2020, a record number of pedestrians (127) were killed in Missouri, with impairment and distraction being two of the most common factors in these crashes. Thus far in 2021, 20 people have been killed in impaired driving crashes while another 12 people have been killed as the result of a distracted driver.

With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, all Missourians are encouraged to take the Buckle Up Phone Down pledge. In addition, Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero provides information and strategies for all Missourians to help promote four key messages:  buckle up, phone down, slow down, and drive sober. The plan can be viewed in full at www.savemolives.com. In addition to the plan, users will find other helpful information including highway safety promotional materials such as the Missouri Coalition for Roadways Safety’s new video highlighting how everyone can help Show-Me Zero traffic fatalities. Visitors can also pledge to Buckle Up Phone Down by visiting the site.

 




April 6, 2021

 

MISSOURI VOTERS HEAD TO POLLS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS TUESDAY

 

Tuesday, Missouri voters will head to the polls to cast a ballot in the general municipal election.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

If you're in line at the closing time of 7 p.m., you have the right to cast your vote.

You're also reminded to bring an acceptable form of voter identification, which includes:

  • Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
  • Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof
  • Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter

According to the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, if you do not possess any of those forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if: you return to your polling place on Election Day with a photo ID; or the signature on your provisional ballot envelope is determined by your local election authority to match the signature on your voter registration record. If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive a stub from your provisional ballot envelope with instructions on how to verify your ballot is counted.

 

COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI STALL AFTER WEEKS OF DECLINE

 

After weeks of declining COVID-19 transmissions across Missouri, experts worry that the drop has stalled and caseloads could start to rise again.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the number of new daily cases of the coronavirus peaked in January then began to drop sharply.
Missouri's seven-day average dropped below 500 a day last month, for the first time since the summer.
The St. Louis region's daily average hospital admissions tumbled, too.
Experts note that caseloads and hospitalizations have stalled at current levels for about four weeks.
Many worry that people are letting their guard down prematurely.

 

FORMER MISSOURI REPRESENTATIVE SENTENCED FOR WIRE FRAUD

 

A former Missouri State Representative was sentenced last week for misusing campaign funds.

According to a release from the Justice Department U.S. District Judge Stephen Clark sentenced former Missouri District 73 State Representative Courtney Curtis to 21 months in prison and ordered restitution payment to victims of wire fraud. Curtis pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud after falsely representing financial contributions to his “Curtis for MO” campaign. Curtis told donors that the funds would be used for campaign and reelection purposes but he used a significant amount of the money for his own personal use and expenses. Curtis obtained over $47,000 from his campaign account for personal use. Curtis served as the State Representative for Missouri’s 73rddistrict, which includes some northwestern suburbs of St. Louis including Hazelwood and Ferguson, from 2013 to 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




April 5, 2021

 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY MISSOURI NOT YET IMPACTED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON MANUFACTURING MISTAKE

 

A state health official says the loss of up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to a manufacturing mistake should have no immediate impact in Missouri.
Adam Crumbliss is director of the public health division of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
He told a vaccine advisory panel this week that increases in Missouri's vaccine supplies in the short term are expected to come from Pfizer, not Johnson & Johnson.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Crumbliss says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet "clearly articulated" to states what the eventual impact would be from Johnson & Johnson's manufacturing problem.

 

MOBERLY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 2014 MURDER OF POPLAR BLUFF MAN

 

A 35-year-old Moberly man will be sentenced in May after being found guilty of murder in the death of a Poplar Bluff man.

A Butler County jury deliberated only 38 minutes on Thursday before convicting Curtis Walker of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary in the death of 48-year-old Salvador Ruiz Ramirez.

His body was found on the southern banks of the Black River in October 2014.

Authorities said he was shot twice in the head.

After the body was found, authorities discovered Ramirez's home had been burglarized and set on fire.

Walker admitted he killed Ramirez but said it was in self-defense.

 




Weekend Report- April 3-4, 2021

 

TEEN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:50am Friday in Montgomery County.  19 year old Tyler Kirk of Truxton, MO was on MO DD when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert, impacted the ground and overturned multiple times.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

An Eldon man was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Miller County.  The patrol says that 31 year old Robert Purza was riding his motorcycle on Route Y when he struck a deer and was ejected from his motorcycle.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

An Owensville driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Gasconade County.  28 year old Cody Sharp was on Route EE when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




April 2, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE FF WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR PAVEMENT WORK

 

Weather permitting, Apr. 5-9, MoDOT crews will be doing pavement work on Montgomery County Route FF. The road will be closed from Bellville Road to Ag Road while the work is completed between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. The road will reopen each afternoon.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR GIVES COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson held a press conference Thursday afternoon giving an update on COVID-19 in the state.

The state's 7-day positivity rate is steady around 4% and hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since early August.

Phase II of Missouri’s vaccine plan was activated on Monday making 880,000 more Missourians eligible for the vaccine.

The state is making progress and plans to continue the trend.

 

"Next Friday, on April the 9th, Phase III will open to all Missouri adults," Parson announced. “We are thankful for our partners across the state for their efforts to prepare for the final phases of our plan and to get vaccines into arms quickly.”

 

With Phase III opening up next week and supplies continuing to increase, Parson encourages all Missourians to consider getting a vaccine to protect themselves, their families, friends and neighbors.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES AGAINST EXPANDING MEDICAID

 

The Missouri House has voted against paying for Medicaid expansion.
The Republican-led chamber on Thursday passed a budget proposal without enough funding to cover more people under the government health care program.
Missouri voters last year voted to expand eligibility for the program to thousands more low-income adults.
The policy is now enshrined in the state Constitution.
The House budget leader says the goal of keeping that funding out of the budget is to prevent expansion from happening as scheduled in July.
Democratic lawmakers say the move goes against what residents voted for last year.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday at approximately 10:15 AM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4500 block of Friendship Drive in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found fire in a wall, near the corner of a building.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the wall suffering fire damage but the rest of the building was not damaged.  The fire started in the area of a sump pump and some electrical equipment.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Wednesday at approximately 5:42PM, alert businesses notified the Mexico Public Safety Department about a suspicious person.  Officers located and arrested Russell C Moore Jr., of O’Fallon for fraudulently attempting to obtain controlled substances, forgery, and possession of forging instrumentality.  Moore was later taken to the Audrain County Jail for several outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions for similar offenses.  The investigation into the offenses in Mexico is ongoing.

 




April 1, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J BRIDGE REHABILITATION SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 5, crews will close Montgomery County Route J at Clear Creek, located 2.5 miles west of Missouri Route 19 near Big Spring, for bridge rehabilitation. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project. The contractor has 45 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The new bridge will be 22 feet wide that is two feet wider than the existing bridge. Guardrail will also be added for safety.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 

O’FALLON MISSOURI MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An O’Fallon, Missouri man is injured after an accident in Callaway County Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 25 year old Tyler Steinman of O’Fallon was westbound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 136 at around 5:20 Tuesday evening. Steinman was traveling in the right lane of the Interstate and a semi driven by 57 year old Peter Posta of Comox, British Columbia, Canada was in the left lane. Steinman’s vehicle began to pass Posta’s semi when Posta changed lanes. The towed unit of Posta’s vehicle struck Steinman’s in the front driver’s side and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and came to rest in the grass. Steinman was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Posta was not injured.

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES THAT COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL HY-VEE PHARMACY LOCATIONS

 

Hy-Vee is announcing Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccines are now available at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations.

There are 270 pharmacy locations across eight states. Through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Hy-Vee began vaccinations in their last state, Wisconsin, this week.

Receiving a vaccine supply directly from the CDC, Hy-Vee was already a partner of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Hy-Vee is also vaccinating in Illinois using vaccine allocation from the state.  Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only.

 

 




March 31, 2021

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Kansas City, Kansas woman was injured in a Montgomery County accident Monday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 52 year old Gary Calhoun of Kansas City, Kansas was westbound on Interstate 70 at the 168.8 mile marker in Montgomery County at 9:35 p.m. Monday. Calhoun lost control of the vehicle, ran off the left side of the road and the vehicle overturned in the median.  A passenger in the vehicle, 43 year old Sandra Greenamyer of Kansas City, Kansas was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Calhoun was not injured.

 

BILL TO BAN POLICE CHOKEHOLDS IN MISSOURI PASSES SENATE

 

A bill to ban police chokeholds has passed the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 30-4 in favor of the measure.
The bill also would allow Kansas City police to live up to 30 miles outside of the city's limits in Missouri.
Democratic Sen. Brian Williams says he doesn't like everything in the bill. But the University City lawmaker says it represents progress on police accountability and will save Black lives.

The bill's passage came the same day the trial began against a former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday at approximately 6:14PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of Lakeview Rd. in reference to a natural gas leak.  Responding personnel found that contractors struck a gas line near the roadway.  MPSD assisted with traffic control until approximately 9:00 PM when Ameren was able to stop the leak.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




March 30, 2021

 

CONSTRUCTION SET TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOLAR FACILITY

 

Construction will begin this summer on Ameren Missouri’s largest solar facility.

The facility will be in Montgomery County, just one hour west of St. Louis, Missouri.

The new solar facility is the second site that is part of the company’s Community Solar program.

Through that program, Ameren customers have the ability of using cleaner sources of energy without having to make any renovations to their property.

 

“Bottom line—our transformative plan brings new, cleaner energy to all of our customers and targets the elimination of carbon emissions all while meeting our customers' energy needs now and into the future,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman and President Marty Lyons.

 

Ameren expects this new facility to be operational by the end of the year.

Through the construction of this new facility, Ameren hopes to meet its net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.

The first milestone the company is on track to meet is cutting its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

 

MISSOURI OPENS UP PHASE TWO OF COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY

 

The next phase of the vaccination rollout began Monday, March 29, making almost 900,000 Missourians eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Missouri's vaccine website, Phase 2 helps accelerate economic recovery and opens up vaccine eligibility to those who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Library employees are included in this phase, as well as faculty and staff at higher education institutions.

Those who work in the chemical and construction sectors are included in Phase 2.

Employees in the critical manufacturing sector and the defense industrial base sector are also included in this phase.

The commercial facilities sector includes eight subsectors such as retail employees. Employees in financial services are eligible.

The remaining part of the food and agriculture sector is now able to get the vaccine which includes restaurant employees.

This phase makes government employees eligible and disproportionately affected populations, which the website says emphasizes racial and ethnic minorities not otherwise included in Phase 1B.

This phase also includes people who are homeless in Missouri.

After Phase 2, which does not have any tiers, Phase 3 is the final part of Missouri's vaccination plan.

It includes anyone who has not yet been vaccinated but wants to do so.

Governor Parson announced Phase 3 is set to open Friday, April 9.

 

 




March 29, 2021

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J BRIDGE REHABILITATION SET TO BEGIN

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 5, crews will close Montgomery County Route J at Clear Creek, located 2.5 miles west of Missouri Route 19 near Big Spring, for bridge rehabilitation. E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, was awarded the project. The contractor has 45 days to complete this project.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

The new bridge will be 22 feet wide that is two feet wider than the existing bridge. Guardrail will also be added for safety.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project to notify motorists of the closure.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER FALLING FROM VEHICLE

 

A Columbia woman is injured after falling from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 60 year old Timothy Wright of Columbia was northbound on 225th Road at Route AC around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. At that time a passenger was riding in the trailer of the vehicle and fell out. The vehicle came to a controlled stop. The passenger, 60 year old Devona Greg of Columbia was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

 

MISSOURI SELECTED BY NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION FOR POLICY ACADEMY TO ADVANCE CYBERSECURITY

 

Missouri is one of four U.S. states selected through a competitive process by the National Governors Association to advance its state cybersecurity through a series of in-state workshops, collaborative sessions with other states, and regular meetings with NGA staff to create plans for strengthening cybersecurity. The program is set to run through January 2022.

 

The NGA Center for Best Practices selected Missouri and three other states for its “2021 Policy Academy to Advance Whole-of-State Cybersecurity,” the most recent in NGA’s ongoing efforts since 2016 to help states and territories develop, refine and share best practices in cybersecurity governance, workforce development, critical infrastructure security, and local engagement and partnership.

 

Cyber threats to businesses, governments and ordinary citizen grow each year as criminals, hackers and foreign adversaries become more sophisticated.

 

The NGA will work with the Missouri team to provide technical assistance in the area of cybersecurity governance. Cybersecurity governance can include assessing cybersecurity risks and creating strategic priorities and initiatives to enhance the state’s cybersecurity posture and reduce risk across the state.

 

The other states selected to participate in the NGA 2021 cybersecurity policy academy were Kansas, Montana and Washington.

 

 




March 26, 2021

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PRESIDENT ASKS FACULTY AND STAFF TO PLAN TO RETURN TO IN PERSON WORK IN MAY

 

University of Missouri President Mun Choi, citing upcoming vaccine opportunities, a relaxation of public health orders, and plans by K-12 schools, Wednesday asked all MU faculty and staff to plan on returning to work in person by May 17.

Choi said in his message, however, that the university remains committed to keeping its community safe, and said that mask-wearing and social distancing will continue to be required until public health guidance changes.

Choi said he realizes that social distancing is not possible in all circumstances, so he will allow supervisors to devise flexible work arrangements where appropriate.

He provided a link to a website, Show Me Renewal, which will inform workers of any changes to the policy as they occur.

 

MISSOURI SENATE DOES NOT PASS RESTRICTIONS ON COVID-19 RELATED CLOSURES

 

A legislative attempt to put checks on local Missouri health officials' powers during emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic has failed.
Senators voted 19-11 against the proposal Thursday.
Some Republicans joined the Democratic minority to defeat the bill.
The measure is in response to actions by St. Louis-area health officials to shut down businesses and limit gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder's bill would have required city council approval for extended business restrictions.
Democratic senators argue the change could limit health officials' ability to respond to deadly health crises.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AND ASSAULT

 

At approximately 2:50 a.m. Columbia Police responded to a report of a structure fire and an assault that occurred in the 3200 block of Timber Run Dr

Upon arrival, officers located a female victim who reported she had been assaulted by an adult female suspect. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. 

The investigation revealed that a fire had been set inside the residence. Firefighters were called to the scene to assist.

Through further investigation, the suspect was identified as Myrna Asberry, 55, of Columbia, who was remanded to the Boone County Jail for the charges of first degree arson, first degree domestic assault and first degree burglary.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




March 25, 2021

 

PSC APPROVES AGREEMENT IN AMEREN MISSOURI SOLAR GENERATING FACILITY CASE

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an agreement which grants Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to construct, own, operate and maintain a solar generating facility in Montgomery County near New Florence, Missouri.

This will serve as the second program resource for Ameren Missouri’s Community Solar Pilot Program. Previously, Ameren Missouri was granted a CCN for its St. Louis Lambert International Airport solar generating facility.

The Montgomery County facility will consist of approximately 6.16 megawatts of alternating current, single-axis, ground-mounted, tracking photovoltaic panels and associated facilities. The facility will be located on agricultural land currently owned by Ameren Missouri.

In its application, Ameren Missouri explained the expansion of its pilot program will allow more of its customers to voluntarily subscribe to the program thereby supporting the development of solar facilities by Ameren Missouri.

The Commission stated in its order that the application demonstrates and the parties to the agreement have agreed that: 1) There is a need for the service; 2) Ameren Missouri is qualified to provide the proposed service; 3) Ameren Missouri has the financial ability to provide the service; 4) Ameren Missouri’s proposal is economically feasible; and 5) The service promotes the public interest.

Ameren Missouri serves approximately 1.28 million electric customers in Missouri.

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES 2022 SENATE BID

 

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has announced he will run for U.S. Senate in 2022.

He released a statement announcing his plans on Wednesday morning. Part of the statement says, "In the U.S. Senate, I will continue the fight to preserve the conservative policies championed by President Trump that built the strongest economy in American history.”

Schmitt joins former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on the Republican side. Democrat Lucas Kunce, a Marine veteran, announced his plan to run on March 10th.

Current Sen. Roy Blunt announced on March 8th that he would not seek a third term.

 

MDC URGING MISSOURI RESIDENTS NOT TO DUMP PETS

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding community members not to dump pets after rescuing five puppies who were abandoned in southern Missouri.

According to a Facebook post, the MDC received a call about the puppies from a concerned community member. The dogs were found hungry and without collars at White Ranch Conservation area.

Conservation Agent Corporal Matt Franks took the dogs to a local animal shelter. The MDC said the puppies survived but most pets don't.

 




March 24, 2021

 

FORMER MISSOURI GOVERNOR GREITENS ANNOUNCES BID FOR U.S. SENATE SEAT IN 2022

 

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced Monday he will be making a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

Greitens, who resigned from office in May of 2018 amid scandal, made the announcement while on Fox News.

Greitens will look to fill the seat currently held by Missouri's senior senator, Roy Blunt. Blunt announced on March 8 he would not seek a third term.

The news comes after Missouri's current Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe said earlier Monday he would not seek the open senate seat, instead electing to run for governor in 2024 when Gov. Mike Parson's term ends.

 

ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH LEWIS COUNTY BURGLARY

 

An Illinois man is behind bars and is facing felony charges in Missouri.
Todd A. Boyd, 55, of Quincy, was arrested in Adams County, Illinois, on a Lewis County, MO., warrant.
Boyd is charged with one count of stealing and one count of burglary-second degree in regards to a burglary near Canton, Missouri.
He is currently being held in the Lewis County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.
Both charges Boyd is facing are Class D felonies.
Two other suspects in the burglary remain at large.
If you have any information about the case, you are asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Thursday, March 18 at approximately 4:16PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of the 1600 block of E Liberty (Business US Highway 54) at the railroad underpass.  Responding personnel found that Tristyn Chase, age 21 of Mexico was traveling eastbound in a 2017 Hyundai, when the vehicle in front of her slowed suddenly to safely cross some water on the roadway.  To avoid colliding with the other vehicle, Chase drove off the roadway and ended up striking a sign before being able to stop.  Traffic was slowed for about 45 minutes.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 




March 23, 2021

 

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured over the weekend in a motorcycle crash in central Missouri.

It happened at 12:15 p.m. Sunday on Callaway County Route 0, one mile outside of Fulton, Missouri.

State troopers say a motorcycle operated by 62 year old Tamela Crane of Macon traveled off the right side of the roadway on a curve and overturned.

Crane was thrown off the bike. She suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report, Crane was wearing a helmet.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

 

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the transfer of $300 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the state treasury into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to help keep the balance above the level that would trigger an increase in contribution tax rates for Missouri businesses.

 

“With over 96 percent of Missouri’s businesses employing 50 or fewer employees, these additional funds will help prevent tax increases for our small businesses and strengthen the UI Trust Fund," Gov. Parson said. "Despite the unprecedented rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19 this past year, our economy continues to come back strong as businesses reopen and Missourians get back to work. We have come a long way since the early days of this pandemic, and an increase in taxes is the last thing Missouri employers need as we continue our recovery."

 

Missouri employers fund the state’s trust fund from which state unemployment benefits are provided to eligible workers who have lost their jobs.
With thousands unemployed during the pandemic, Missouri businesses would have likely seen an increase in their unemployment taxes to replenish the trust fund.

As of February 2021, Missouri’s unemployment rate stands at 4.2%, below the national average of 6.2%.

 

MISSOURI BILL AGAINST BLOCKING ROADS TO PROTEST IS UNDER FIRE

 

Racial justice advocates and others have decried a Missouri bill to crack down on protests that block roads.
Critics rallied against the measure Monday at the Capitol before a House committee considered the bill.
The legislation would make repeatedly blocking traffic a felony.
Republican Sen. Bill Eigel says he thought of the idea after protesters angered by the death of George Floyd blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area last summer.
He says blocking highways puts protesters and drivers in danger.
Protest leaders say the bill is an effort to stop racial justice demonstrations.

 




March 22, 2021

 

MISSOURI EXTENDS STATE TAX DEADLINE TO MATCH FEDERAL DEADLINE

 

Missouri is extending the deadline to file taxes this year, and a new pilot study shows transmission of COVID-19 was rare among some Missouri schools.

Gov. Mike Parson on Friday announced individuals now have until May 17 to file state taxes, instead of April 15.

Parson says his administration delayed the due date to help people still struggling financially because of the pandemic.

The federal tax deadline also has been pushed back to May 17.

Also Friday, researchers released a pilot study showing low virus transmission in some Springfield and St. Louis schools that require masks.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO INCIDENTS

 

At approximately 5:21 p.m. on March 20, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 5300 block of Godas Cir. 

Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located several shell casings, property damage to the residence and nearby vehicles. 

At this time, there is no suspect description available.  No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later.

 

At approximately 8:44 a.m. on March 19, Columbia Police responded to a report of a burglary with a weapon in the 2000 block of Fair Lane

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from life-threatening injuries near the residence. Officers rendered aid to the adult male until EMS arrived.

Through further investigation, officers learned that the male was the suspect who illegally entered the residence on Fair Lane. As a result, the victim of the home invasion shot the suspect who was identified as Jacob D’Agostino, 20, of Columbia

D’Agostino was pronounced dead on the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

There were no other reported suspects involved. This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available later.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

  




Weekend Report- March 20-21, 2021

 

TEEN DRIVER INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A teen driver was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:55pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that the 16 year old boy from St. James was on Highway 19 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Phelps Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Wentzville man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  35 year old Salaman Ahmad was on Highway O when he lost control on gravel that was in the road, causing it to lie on its side.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment. 

 

MAN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in St. Charles County.  46 year old Chuncy Walker of Madison, IL was on US 67 when his car ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete barrier, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the right side of the road and down an embankment.  He was transported to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




March 19, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Thursday at about 8:00AM, the City of Mexico closed Pollock Rd between Crestview and Platte St.  Area residents are asked to find alternative routes.  The closure was due to water running across the road.  Everyone is reminded that it takes less than 6” of water to potentially stall vehicles and a foot of running water can carry vehicles off a road.  Everyone is further reminded that when water runs across a roadway, the roadway can become damaged making the crossing more dangerous than it first appears. 

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department is joining law enforcement statewide in a youth seatbelt mobilization March 15-31.  MPSD’s participation will consist of targeted patrols with enforcement geared towards seatbelt and child restraint laws.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), only 75.5% of teen drivers wear their seatbelts and around 70% of teens killed in crashes are unbuckled. 

For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit saveMOlives.com

 

REPORTS SHOW MISSOURIANS PAYING 16 PERCENT MORE FOR GASOLINE THAN IN FEBRUARY

 

According to a report by AAA, the statewide gas price average in Missouri is $2.68 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.

The report shows that price is five cents more compared to this day last week and is 74 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.

Based on a survey, AAA said drivers in Columbia and Jefferson City are paying the most on average at $2.77, compared to drivers in St. Joseph who are paying the least at $2.57 per gallon.

The report states national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.88, which is six cents more compared to this day last week and 67 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year, according to AAA Gas Prices.

The report states:

 

Gas prices are continuing to increase, despite the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report showing U.S. demand dropping slightly week-to-week, and signs of crude oil prices stabilizing.

On the week, regional refinery utilization increased by 10 percent.

The last time Missouri saw an average of $2.68 per gallon was October 2018. Today Missourians are paying 16% more for gas on average compared to this day one month ago.

 

“Missourians are paying about 16 percent more to fill up today, compared to February,” AAA spokesperson Nick Chabarria said. “Prices are expected to continue climbing through the remainder of March, but potentially in smaller increments.”

According to AAA gas prices, drivers in Missouri continue to pay some of the cheapest prices at the pump, raking 6th lowest in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 




March 18, 2021

 

OFFICIALS PLAN FOR FULL MISSOURI STATE FAIR THIS SUMMER

 

Officials are planning for a full Missouri State Fair after the event was canceled last year because of the coronavirus.
Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn on Tuesday confirmed plans to bring the fair back this year.
Officials canceled the event last year over concerns about safety during the pandemic.
The Sedalia fairgrounds was instead used for a smaller youth livestock show in 2020.
This year's fair is scheduled for Aug. 12 through Aug. 22.
Virus cases across the state have been dipping since COVID-19 peaked in November.

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN DEAD AFTER COLLISION WITH CAR IN COLUMBIA

 

A Jefferson City man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Columbia Tuesday evening.

According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 47 year old Paul Kemei of Columbia was southbound on Range Line Street approaching Big Bear Boulevard at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. At that time 46 year old Cory Black of Jefferson City was lying in the roadway.  Kemei attempted to change lanes to avoid Black but ended up colliding with him. Black was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.  If anyone has any information on this or any other incident you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

TWO MISSOURI PRISONS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE DUE TO STAFFING SHORTAGE

 

Two Missouri prison facilities are temporarily closing and relocating inmates because of statewide staffing shortages.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 75 inmates are being transferred from the minimum security Kansas City Reentry Center to the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph and the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.
The low-security Cremer Therapeutic Community Center in Fulton also is temporarily closing and all 43 offenders are being transferred to Fulton Diagnostic, Reception and Correctional Center.
A prison spokeswoman says staff will also be moved to the larger facilities, where they can be used to help reduce overtime.

 

 




March 17, 2021

 

IF YOU FEEL DIFFERENT YOU DRIVE DIFFERENT

 

This St. Patrick’s Day holiday make sure your luck doesn’t run out. Plan for a sober ride home should you choose to take part in the celebration. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists of the various options available to get everyone home safely. Designating a sober driver, calling a ride share, or using public transportation is just a few of those options. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different.

Law enforcement agencies across Missouri will be participating in additional patrols to prevent the often-deadly consequences of impaired driving. Their message is clear: drive sober or get pulled over.

Based on 2020 preliminary data, 188 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

Besides driving completely sober from alcohol and drugs, motorists are also advised to slow down, put their cellphones down while driving and always buckle up – everyone, every trip, every time.

Show-Me Zero is designed to give all Missourians a better understanding of the crash problem in our state and identify specific ways everyone can help. From individuals and families to local and statewide organizations, we all play a role in making Missouri roadways safer. The plan can be viewed at savemolives.com and hits on four key messages: Buckle up. Phone down. Slow down. Drive sober.

 

MISSOURI COALITION FOR ROADWAY SAFETY URGES YOUNG DRIVERS TO BUCKLE UP

 

Wearing a seat belt could save your life.

That is the message the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants young drivers to understand.

Car crashes continue to be the number one cause for traffic fatalities, but wearing a seat belt can lower the risk of death.

Through the end of March, law enforcement will be monitoring the roads in Missouri to ensure everyone is wearing a seat belt.

According to Missouri Department of Transportation Assistant Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Jon Nelson, nationally, 91% of all drivers use a seat belt.

The average in Missouri is lower with only 86% wearing one.

It is only 75.5% when it comes to young adults.

Here are some things to keep in mind before hitting the road:

Under Missouri’s Graduated License Law, permit drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts.

185 young adults were killed in traffic crashes between 2017 and 2019. 72% of those were not buckled up.

Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 45% and moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, March 13 at approximately 4:19PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of West Street in reference to a fire in a kitchen.  Responding personnel found that the resident had fallen asleep while food was cooking in the oven, and woke up to find a grease fire.  The fire was extinguished with only the stove and oven suffering damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Sunday at approximately 11:56AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Latney in reference to a subject on a bicycle being hit by a vehicle.  Responding personnel learned that Christie Lynn, age 48 of Mexico, was on a bicycle when she approached Thomas Montalvo, age 51 of Mexico, who was trying to leave the area in a 2000 Ford F-150.  Lynn began arguing with Montalvo about personal property and was struck as he drove away.  Lynn received minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.

 

 




March 16, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide to deter impaired driving during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  MPSD will be attempting to locate and arrest impaired drivers and would like to remind everyone that if you feel the effects of any drug you should not be driving.  NHTSA is reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and that during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2019, 63% of crash fatalities involved an impaired driver. 

 

On Friday, March 12 the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to several calls of thefts from motor vehicles that occurred during the previous overnight hours.  The thefts mostly occurred in the area between Boulevard and Lakeview Rd.  Information from alert citizens indicates a white male wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt was involved and that the same male stole a gray, 2019 Dodge Ram pickup truck from the 900 block of S Western.  All the vehicles had been left unlocked.

 

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes, is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN WAFFLE HOUSE PARKING LOT

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Waffle House, 904 Vandiver Dr. at approximately 10:58 p.m., on Sunday, March 14.

Upon arrival, officers located one adult male in the parking lot who sustained a life-threatening wound. 

CPD officers, Columbia Fire Department and EMS provided aid until the victim, identified as Reginald E. Ball, 51, of Columbia was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by detectives from the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINURE TO URGE PRIORITIZING COVID-19 TESTING

 

Even as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, state health officials are urging Missourians to prioritize taking preventative measures and getting tested in order to not diminish the progress the state has made in fighting the virus over the last year.

These preventative measures include good handwashing, social distancing, and wearing a mask when social distancing is not feasible. Once eligible, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) said getting vaccinated "is highly encouraged and highly effective."

Another piece of the overall mitigation strategy that continues to be encouraged is testing. The state's top health official is urging residents to continue getting tested, saying that it is just as important as ever to get tested especially with variants being found throughout the United States.

“We learned quickly in the early days of this public health crisis how important testing was to prevent the spread of the virus, and it is part of the reason why Missouri has the second lowest case growth rate among all states in the country,” said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams. “However, we remain concerned about variants arising throughout the US, so this means prevention measures and widespread testing are that much more crucial to move us beyond COVID-19.”

The State of Missouri has been hosting community testing events in locations throughout the state since April 2020. These events allow for a convenient testing option even for those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

For the remainder of March, the State and the Missouri Primary Care Association will host testing events 2-3 times per week. These events will be held in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. In addition to this, events are planned for the following counties:

 

  • Barton
  • Boone
  • Buchanan
  • Callaway
  • Camden
  • Christian
  • Cole
  • Crawford
  • Dent
  • Greene
  • Howell
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Mississippi
  • Monroe
  • Pettis
  • Phelps
  • Ralls
  • St. Charles
  • Taney
  • Webster

The DHSS said more events may be scheduled in targeted communities if new case counts or other indicators identify the need for additional testing.

Community testing events are continually being scheduled and added to the listing found at health.mo.gov/communitytest where registration takes place. These tests are completely free and available to any Missouri resident.

 




March 15, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON APPOINTS NATHAN CARROZ AS ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE 12th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

Last week Governor Mike Parson appointed Nathan A. Carroz as Associate Circuit Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit. He will fill the Associate Circuit Judge vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Kelly Broniec to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

Mr. Carroz, of Montgomery City, currently serves as the Prosecuting Attorney of Montgomery County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Hannibal-LaGrange University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES ON SLIGHT UPWARD TICK AFTER MONTHS OF DECLINING

 

Missouri's rate of new coronavirus cases is ticking upward after months of decline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's coronavirus infection rate has tumbled since the fall, when Missouri hit a peak seven-day average of 4,723 new confirmed cases on Nov. 20.

That average fell as low as 343 on March 6, but has since edged upward, to 395 on Friday.

Dr. Sriram Vissa, chief medical officer at SSM Health DePaul Hospital, described it as a "vulnerable time."

 

MISSOURI RESIDENTS IN PHASE 1B TIER 3 NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE, BUT WHO IS THAT EXACTLY?

 

Missouri is taking the next step forward in it's vaccination effort.

Residents in Phase 1B - Tier 3 will officially be eligible to receive the vaccine on Monday, March 15.

Here is who will now be eligible for the vaccine.

  • Education workers such as teachers, faculty and staff working at schools pre K – 12.
  • Childcare faculty and staff working at a DHSS or DSS licensed facility.
  • Communications sector employees public or private that provide information to the public.
  • Dam workers that provide services related to critical water retention and control services.
  • Energy sector employees who provide energy services, regardless of the energy source.
  • Agriculture employees at certain food production and processing facilities, prioritizing mass food production, distribution, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, including grocery and convenience stores where groceries are sold. (Veterinarians are included in this section)
  • Elected government officials in any branch of government at the state, county, and/or municipal levels required for the continuity of government.
  • IT employees at public, private, or nonprofit organizations that provide services.
  • Nuclear reactors, materials, and waste sector employees.
  • Transportation employees: aviation, highway and motor carriers, maritime transportation systems, mass transit and passenger rail, pipeline systems, freight rail, and postal shipping.
  • Employees that work in sectors that provide running and clean drinking or waste water.

 

 




Weekend Report- March 13-14, 2021

 

HEALTH INSURANCE SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD OPEN

 

The Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) wants to make Missourians aware of a Special Enrollment Period in response to the public health emergency which will allow consumers to purchase new individual health coverage or change their Marketplace plan for 2021.

This Special Enrollment Period, which runs from now through May 15, 2021 allows consumers to enroll for the coverage they need for 2021. Consumers may enroll for these benefits on the HealthCare.gov website. Some health insurers are also offering the opportunity to enroll for coverage for 2021 outside the federal Marketplace as well. 

If you purchase through the federal Marketplace, your cost may be reduced if you are eligible for an advanced premium tax credit (APTC). The credits are only available if you buy insurance on the Marketplace. They are not available for policies purchased off the Marketplace or for policies purchased through your employer.

Insurance companies offering individual plans in 2021 are Healthy Alliance Life Insurance Company (Anthem), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Ambetter from Home State Health (Celtic/Centene), Cigna, Cox, Oscar, Medica, and SSM (Well First Health). Consumers can access the department’s coverage map for more information on companies in their county.

For more information and to utilize the department’s shopping tool, visit the department’s website at www.insurance.mo.gov or call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390. 

 

MISSOURI AWARDED GRANT TO ACCELERATE COVID-19 WORKFORCE RECOVERY EFFORTS

 

Missouri has been selected as the inaugural cohort of states in the Workforce Innovation Network, the National Governors Association (NGA) and Cognizant U.S. Foundation announced earlier in the week. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development’s Office of Workforce Development will receive a grant to improve employment outcomes in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, connecting job seekers to training, education, job opportunities and essential support services.

Missouri is one of nine states selected for the inaugural cohort of the Workforce Innovation Network, which is designed to help states build capacity for near-term innovation and longer-term strategies to prepare their workforces for a post-COVID-19 economy. The network serves as an on partisan learning and action collaborative for state leaders who have demonstrated strong commitments to building a resilient workforce. In this first round of grants from the Workforce Innovation Fund, states will receive:

Support developing a state action plan and policy recommendations to develop or scale innovations that increase employment and deliver stronger workforce outcomes;

Up to $100,000 in grant funding to support personnel and project coordination to carry out state innovations; and

Virtual or in-person site visits and regular coaching calls from NGA Center staff, as well as national experts and consultants to meet individual state needs and priorities.

The Missouri Office of Workforce Development’s application included a focus on enabling the state to develop an action plan to increase job-seeker engagement in its workforce development programs by 60 percent by 2025.  

To receive the grants and qualify as a member of the network, states submitted proposals focused on the creation of new, unified virtual service delivery platforms, digital inclusion and skill development strategies, and equitable access to high-quality work opportunities via the adoption of new state job quality and self-sufficiency standards.

 




March 12, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR GIVES UPDATE ON STATE’S COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRESS

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson held a press conference Thursday afternoon giving an update on how the state is handling COVID-19.

The main concern of the conference was the continued effort to vaccinate Missourians.

There have been 1.1 million Missourians who have already started the vaccination process.
On Monday the state will officially move to vaccinating Phase 1B Tier 3.

The governor also announced that since vaccination efforts are ahead of schedule, Phase 2 may start sooner than expected.

The governor also said he is shifting his focus to Kansas City and St. Louis vaccination efforts.

Parson announced a mega vaccination event next week at Arrowhead Stadium, with the plan to vaccinate over 6,000 Jackson County residents.

There is another event being planned for the St. Louis area.

Parson also said he wants to meet the demand for vaccinations throughout the state.

 

"We are working as supply will allow the higher vaccine demand in our cites, while still keeping vaccine distribution equitable across the state," said Gov. Parson.

 

The governor said that he hopes to vaccinate enough Missouri residents that eventually local pharmacies will be able to keep up with the demand.

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES ONLINE SALES AND GAS TAX BILLS

 

Bills to revamp Missouri's tax structure are advancing in the Republican-led Legislature.

On Thursday, lawmakers passed bills to collect online sales taxes and raise the gas tax.
Missouri currently doesn't require out-of-state businesses to collect sales taxes on Missourians' online purchases.
The House and Senate approved bills to change that.
Collecting online sales taxes is estimated to bring in as much as $190 million by 2027.
Lawmakers are trying to offset those gains by a slight cut to income taxes.
Another bill would raise Missouri's gas tax of 17 cents per gallon for the first time in two decades.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL REQUIRING BUY INS TO CLOSE BUSINESS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS

 

Extended Missouri business closures by local health departments would require city council buy in under a bill that has passed the House.

The GOP-led House voted 115-44 Thursday in favor of requiring approval from local governing bodies to close schools, businesses and churches for more than 15 days.
Lawmakers pitched the idea over concerns about store closures as local officials tried to stem COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Missouri's health department says data suggesting a high rate of vaccinations for multiracial residents is likely inaccurate.
KCUR reports that the state revealed Wednesday that earlier data overcounted residents with more than one racial heritage.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT  

 

On Thursday at approximately 4:54AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4600 block of E Liberty in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Thomas M Swaim, age 40 of Benton City, was driving a 1996 Buick westbound when it collided with the back of a 2007 International semi being driven by Selim Farahat, age 55 of New Jersey.  The semi was also traveling westbound but at a slower speed than the Buick.  MPSD used extrication equipment to remove Swaim from his vehicle.  Audrain Ambulance District transported Swaim to University Hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.  Traffic was diverted through a residential area for about one hour until E Liberty was cleared.

 




March 11, 2021

 

AS MISSOURI’S COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE, HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE CAUTION

 

In recent weeks, Missouri has seen a significant decline in virus activity across the state.

Missouri has recorded over 481,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began one year ago.

According to state data, an average of 336 new virus cases have recently been reported daily.

State health officials say Missouri is currently second lowest in the nation for average daily new cases.

Overall, Missouri's seven-day positivity rate has fallen to 4.5%, down from a high of 24% in November 2020.

Despite the decrease in new cases, Missouri Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams says now is not the time to let your guard down.

"We don't say that to brag, we say keep on doing what we've been doing. What has gotten us here is the spirit of cooperation and working together, and people doing what we've asked them to do. So we say keep it up. This is not the time to relax or to stop."

At the same time, COVID-19 vaccine supply in Missouri is increasing.

So far, over 1.6 million Missourians have been vaccinated in less than 3 months.

 

LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING BILL THAT RELAXES IMMUNIZATION RULES

 

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the rules for immunizations.

A House committee debated a proposal Tuesday that would require only students in public schools to have immunizations and allow students to attend school without vaccinations if they have evidence of acquired immunity from a disease.
The bill also would make it easier for Missourians to exempt themselves and their families from immunizations.
Republican Rep. Suzie Pollock, of Lebanon, is sponsoring the bill.
She said she believes schools and health departments need to be reined in from implementing such requirements.
Medical organizations oppose the bill, saying it would hamper efforts to slow the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

 

MARCH 15 DEADLINE TO COMPLETE ELECTION & ENROLLMENT FOR 2021 AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE, PRICE LOSS COVERAGE PROGRAMS

 

Agricultural producers who have not yet elected and enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 have until March 15. Producers who have not signed a contract or who want to make an election change should contact their local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center to make an appointment. Right now, about 1.4 million farms have enrolled, about 81% of expected participation.

“In times like these, from winter storms to a pandemic, we’re reminded of the importance of managing risk,” said Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs provide critical support to farmers to protect them from substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. If you have not enrolled or made elections, please do so by the March 15 deadline.”

Producers who enrolled for the 2019 crop year received more than $5 billion in payments last fall. If an ARC or PLC payment triggers for a particular crop for the 2021 crop year and there is no signed 2021 contract on file, then the producer is ineligible for that program payment.

Producers are eligible to enroll farms with base acres for the following commodities: barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium- and short-grain rice, safflower seed, seed cotton, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. 

 

 

 




March 10, 2021

 

MISSOURI HAS NOW ADMINISTERED MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION COVID VACCINE DOSES

 

Missouri is seeing a significant decline in COVID-19 activity across the state.

Missouri continues to be the second lowest in the nation for average daily cases, and the state's 7-day positivity rate has fallen to 4.5%.

According to CDC data, which includes the latest doses administered through federal partnerships, Missouri has administered more than 1.6 million vaccine doses, and more than a fifth of Missouri's 18 and older population has received an initial vaccination.

Overall, Governor Mike Parson says the state is winning the fight against the virus.

 

"There is no doubt there is still more work to be done. But, we are absolutely making progress and seeing results. I assure you, that we will continue to take a balanced approach. We will fight COVID-19, and give every Missourian who wants a vaccine, the opportunity to get one."

 

Amid the pandemic, the economy is also rebounding.

In April 2020, Missouri experienced a 10.5% unemployment rate and consumer spending was down 40%.

As of December 2020, the unemployment rate was 5.8% and consumer spending returned to pre-COVID levels.

Missouri is now ranked 11th in the nation for economic recovery.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday at approximately 3:05PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2100 block of S Clark in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident had been burning yard waste earlier in the day and left, believing the fire was out.  The fire then spread through three yards, burning grass, brush, and a tree.  MPSD extinguished the fire with no injuries and no other property damaged. 

 

On Monday at approximately 5:37PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 200 block of Seminary in reference to an alert citizen reporting a suspicious person in the area.  Responding officers located Nicholas R Atkinson, age 35 of Mexico, in the area.  Atkinson had an outstanding Audrain County arrest warrant, and MPSD had been looking for him due to his involvement in other recent crimes.  Atkinson ran from officers, cutting through several yards and jumping a fence.  After running for about a block he gave up and was taken into custody without further incident.  Atkinson was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for the warrant.  Additional charges will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecutor at a later date. 

 

 

 




March 9, 2021

 

U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT RUN FOR REELECTION IN 2022

 

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. Blunt, who turned 71 in January, was widely expected to seek a third term in 2022.
He made the surprise announcement in a video Monday.
Before election to the Senate he served seven terms in the U.S. House.
He also served two terms as Missouri's secretary of state from 1985 to 1993.
He noted in his announcement that through nearly 12,000 votes in Congress he always sought "to do my best."
Blunt is the No. 4 in Senate Republican leadership and is the fifth Senate Republican to decide against running for reelection in 2022.

 

COOPER COUNTY OFFICERS SEIZE $1MILLION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

 

A Cooper County K-9 officer helped in the seizure of nearly 76 pounds of meth, valued at roughly $1 million.

Law enforcement officers seized 75.8 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on eastbound I-70 Saturday night.

On Facebook, the Cooper County Sheriff's Office said the methamphetamine is valued at about $1 million.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol requested assistance from Cooper County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Grimm around 10:30 p.m.

After sniffing the outside of the vehicle, K-9 Grimm gave a positive alert for narcotics near the 98-mile marker on eastbound I-70.

Cooper County Sheriff Chris Class commended the law enforcement officers on Facebook, for their teamwork.

"I want to commend the trooper, deputies, and K-9 Grimm for their outstanding work in this incident. I am very proud of how everyone is working together to make our community and others safer," Class said.

 

MISSOURI’S LOCAL OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO EASE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

A year after Missouri officials announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state, local governments continue to relax virus-related restrictions.

The moves come as the state announced more than 1 million residents have received at least one vaccine dose.
On Monday, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced several restrictions would be eased, including allowing businesses to stay open to midnight and increasing the cap on public gatherings.
Cape Giradeau officials voted Monday to replace the city's mask mandate with a statement that wearing masks is "highly recommended."
Gov. Mike Parson issued a statement noting his administration's efforts to fight the virus in the last year, and praising state residents for their cooperation.

 




March 8, 2021

 

CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS FALL BELOW 1,000 IN MISSOURI

 

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers in Missouri have fallen below 1,000, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 291 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases to date, now stands at 480,643.

No new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 8,161, since the start of the pandemic.

State data shows there are 955 Missourians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Sunday at approximately 8:54 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the intersection of Boulevard and Muldrow in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Devin Fernandez, age 29 of Mexico, was driving a 2010 Nissan westbound through the intersection when it collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Serena Bosworth, age 39 of Mexico.  During the investigation, officers found evidence that Fernandez was impaired.  He was arrested and transported to MPSD where he assaulted an officer.  Fernandez was taken to the Audrain County Jail for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device, Driving While Revoked, Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a Vehicle Without Financial Responsibility, Possession of Marijuana 10grams, and Assault 4th Degree-Special Victim. 

There were no injuries from the incident. 

 




Weekend Report- March 6-7, 2021

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Thursday, March 4 at approximately 3:24 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Lakeview in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident was burning yard waste in a barrel but went inside for a short amount of time.  Burning debris from the barrel caught the resident’s yard on fire, and the fire spread into two neighboring yards before being noticed by another neighbor.  The fire was extinguished but the siding on two houses was melted and an air conditioning unit was damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

MODOT MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO BUILDING A NEW ROCHEPORT BRIDGE

 

Following an extensive evaluation process, four qualified teams have been selected to compete for the contract to design and construct a new Missouri River Bridge on Interstate 70 near Rocheport.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has received Statements of Qualification from potential design-build teams for the Rocheport Bridge project.

 

The following teams (in no particular order) were selected to further develop their proposals on the project:

 

Traylor-Ames Joint Venture Team - Traylor Brothers, Inc.; Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.; Ames Construction, Inc.

American Bridge/Garver Team - American Bridge Company; Garver, LLC; Hg Consult, Inc.; Terracon

Rocheport Bridge Constructors - Massman Construction Company; HNTB Corporation; Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.

Lunda Team - Lunda Construction Co.; Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.; Dan Brown & Associates; Hugh Zeng United

 

There are still opportunities for additional consultants and subcontracting firms to be added to each team. A networking opportunity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises will be offered this spring.

Design-build projects combine both the design and construction phases into one contract. The selected team completes the design and construction in parallel instead of in succession. MoDOT provides the project goals, budget and schedule, and the contractor team conducts the work. This technique has been known to significantly save time and money. This $240 million project was made possible by the July 2019 award of an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project will replace the existing I-70 bridge as well as reconstruct the Route BB interchange just east of the bridge.

MoDOT will issue the request for proposal later this month. Proposals will be due in June and the design-build team is expected to be selected in July, with construction beginning as early as later this year with completion by the end of 2024.

For more information or to sign up for updates on the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport, please visit the project webpage at: www.modot.org/RocheportBridge

 




March 5, 2021

 

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS NOW FACING THEFT CHARGES

 

A northwest Missouri man accused of killing two Wisconsin brothers has been charged with persuading someone to steal a trailer while he was in jail.
Garland Nelson's trial in April on a charge of stealing a motor vehicle is legally separate from his capital murder trial in the July 2019 deaths of Nicholas and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.

Charging documents in the theft trial say Nelson coerced someone outside of the jail to retrieve a trailer.
He told the person he paid $500 for the trailer, but police say he didn't own it.
Nelson's murder trial is scheduled for March 2022.

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO MISSOURI CONSTITUTION WOULD REQUIRE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS TO BE SEPARATED BY SEX AT BIRTH

 

Transgender student athletes would be required to compete as the sex on their birth certificate under a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

Republican sponsor Rep. Chuck Basye during a state House committee hearing on Wednesday said transgender girls have an unfair advantage.
He says allowing transgender girls to compete on girls teams would discriminate against cisgender girls.
Transgender children and parents sometimes cried as they asked lawmakers not to advance the proposal.
Several pointed to Missouri's current public high school sports rules, which already prohibit transgender girls from competing on girls teams unless they're undoing hormone therapy.

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI NUCLEAR PLANT STILL NOT OPERATING

 

Ameren's nuclear power plant in central Missouri is still not operating, two weeks after an unplanned shutdown.
Ameren Missouri official Barry Cox said the utility decided to replace a significant component at the plant after a generator issue caused the shutdown Feb. 18.
He says the component has to be manufactured, installed and tested before the Callaway Energy Center is brought back on line.
The plant experienced three unplanned shutdowns -- also known as "scrams" -- in the last three quarters of 2020.
That, along with fewer hours of critical operation at the plant during the year, will bring more oversight of the plant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR VISITS ST. LOUIS VACCINATION SITE

 

Gov. Mike Parson has visited a "targeted vaccination site" in St. Louis.
The Republican governor on Thursday sounded optimistic about getting shots as soon as possible to all residents.
His visit came as critics in urban areas have complained that rural areas are getting more than their proportional share.
Parson met with residents and members of the Missouri National Guard who were giving shots at a vaccination clinic set up at Cambridge Senior Living near downtown.
Political and civic leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City have complained for weeks that their regions aren't getting enough vaccine.
They cite cases of people driving hundreds of miles to get shots.

 

 




March 4, 2021

 

COLUMBIA HOME CATCHES FIRE TUESDAY MORNING

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 602 West Worley Street at 12:21am on Tuesday.
The first unit arrived less than five minutes later and reported heavy fire coming from a rear window.  Fire crews deployed a preconnected hose line and performed an aggressive fire attack.  The fire was brought under control in approximately fifteen minutes and contained to the back of the home.
Fire investigators determined the fire originated in the kitchen and was a result of an electrical malfunction.  Damage is estimated at $40,000.  There were no reported injuries.
Nine units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. 
The Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives.  You should have one on every level of your home and outside places where people sleep.  Check your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the 'test' button.  Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least once a year. 
For more information about the free smoke alarm program contact the Columbia Fire Department by email at fire@como.gov or by phone at 573-874-7391 Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.

 

INVESTIGATORS SAY PILOT OF PLANE THAT CRASHED IN NORTH MISSOURI IGNORED BAD WEATHER WARNINGS

 

National investigators say the pilot of a small plane that crashed in northern Missouri last month ignored warnings about ice and bad weather.

The crash on February 8, near Galt, in Grundy County, killed Philip Joseph Lefevre III, 82, of Glendale, and Philip Joseph Lefevre IV, 47, of Sunset Hills.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report says the single-engine Cessna was covered with ice when it landed in Moberly.

The pilot asked for help to de-ice the plane, but dismissed suggestions that the men stay in Moberly until the weather improved.

KTVO learned from Federal Aviation Administration records that the aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing in a farm field and struck a tree, causing it to crash.

Grundy County Sheriff Rodney Herring said the aircraft was traveling from Moberly to Kirksville, but it went far off-track before the crash.

The plane had taken off from the airport in Downtown St. Louis prior to flying to Moberly.

The two men's bodies were found in the plane.

The report did not indicate which of the men was the pilot.

 

UNIONVILLE MAN ARRESTED TUESDAY AMONG EIGHT CHARGED IN METH DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY

 

A northeast Missouri man was arrested Tuesday during an FBI raid of his home in Unionville, Missouri.

Federal court documents indicate it’s all part of a $4.1 million methamphetamine distribution conspiracy carried out between early 2017 and February 2021.

The raid happened early Tuesday morning at 1414 Grant Street in Unionville, the home of Joshua Lee Laws, 44.

Laws was taken into custody by federal agents.

Neighbors in the area told KTVO they heard what sounded like a flash bang before the officers entered the house.

Multiple law enforcement agencies helped with the raid.

According to court papers, Laws is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of firearms and ammunition by a drug user.

Laws is one of eight people charged in this case.

The other suspects are: Tina Marie Bailey, 36, of Kansas City, Missouri; Angeliqua Teresa Collins, 35, of Moberly, Missouri; Derek Sean Freese, 44, of Moberly, Missouri; Mark Williams Hildebrand II, 31, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Harry Richard “Ricky” Watson Jr., 35, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Carl Dewey Williams, 47, of Moberly, Missouri; Martin Lee Williams, 58, of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 




March 3, 2021

 

BODIES OF MISSOURI MAN AND HIS SONS FOUND IN SOUTHERN MISSOURI

 

The bodies of a man and his two young sons who were reported missing last week have been found inside a rural west-central Missouri structure.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the bodies of 40-year-old Darrel Peak and his sons, 4-year-old Kaiden and 3-year-old Mayson, were found Monday in rural Benton County.
Investigators have not said how the three died, but noted Peak was last seen Thursday afternoon driving from his home in Greene County with the two boys and that he was armed with a pistol.
Family members reported the three missing Friday morning.

 

PENDING BILL WOULD EXEMPT MISSOURIANS FROM REPAYING OVERPAID UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

           

A pending bill would exempt thousands of Missourians from repaying federal unemployment benefit overpayments.

At issue are mistakes by Missouri's Labor Department as it was considering a huge influx of unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency doled out roughly $146 million to 46,000 people who didn't qualify.
Gov. Mike Parson and his administration now are trying to get that money back from Missourians.
The proposed Missouri bill would stop the state from collecting the federal portion of the overpayments.
But Missourians who mistakenly received unemployment help would still have to pay back money that the state chipped in.

 

FORMER MISSOURI GOVERNOR NOT RULING OUT POLITICAL RETURN

 

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is eyeing a potential political comeback.

Greitens resigned as governor in 2018, after months of fighting allegations of sexual and political misconduct.

According to the Associated Press, the Republican who campaigned as a political outsider served less than a year-and-a-half in office.

He was facing possible impeachment in the Missouri House and a felony charge in St. Louis for using a charity donor list for political fundraising.

In a recent interview with a Missouri radio station, Greitens floated the idea of running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roy Blunt.

Blunt's seat is up in 2022, and Greitens criticized the incumbent for failing to adequately back former President Donald Trump.

In the interview, Greitens said he is sill a person that would fight for Missouri, and said Missourians "deserve to have leaders in the U.S. Senate who are going to fight for them."

He adds he is keeping the door open, and "taking a look at" a possible senate run.

 




March 2, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR FREES UP $281 MILLION FROM BUDGET CUTS

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has freed $281 million that he previously blocked from being spent.
The Republican on Monday said state finances have improved since the coronavirus first hit the state, allowing him to release the money.
Parson initially cut $438 million from the state budget over concerns that the virus would tank the economy and mean less state revenue for the year.
He's been releasing chunks of that funding as the economy has improved.
The $281 million Parson released Monday was the last of his remaining spending restrictions.
It includes $123 million for K-12 public schools.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person who had been struck by a vehicle in the area of Conley Road and the I-70/US 63 Connector Monday Morning. During the investigation, officers learned that an SUV driven by 37 year old Paul Catron of Jefferson City was traveling north on the I-70/US 63 Connector at Conley Road. It was learned that Robert E. Glover, Jr. of Columbia crossed the roadway going east across the I-70/US 63 Connector into the path of Catron’s SUV. Glover was transported by paramedics to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The family has been notified of his injuries.  Drug or alcohol impairment is not considered a factor. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652.

 

 

 




March 1, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:30pm Sunday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 23 year old Cody Haynes of Imperial was on Old Highway M when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF REMAINING FY21 RESTRICTIONS, OVER $280 MILLION IN GENERAL REVENUE

 

On Monday Governor Mike Parson announced the release of the remaining $280,783,940 in FY21 general revenue restrictions. 

“Thanks to our balanced approach to COVID-19, Missouri is in a much better position than what was originally projected,” Governor Parson said. “Our economy continues to come back strong, and we’re pleased to be able to release the remainder of these funds today.” 

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the state previously restricted approximately $438 million in FY21 spending to ensure a balanced budget and the necessary funds to combat the virus moving forward. At the time these budget decisions were made, Missouri’s unemployment rate was projected to be at roughly 16.3 percent. 

However, with a current unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, Missouri is outpacing its economic forecast and continues to see strong signs of recovery. 

The state’s monthly general revenue report released earlier this month showed that net general revenue collections for January 2021 increased 18.3 percent compared to January 2020, increasing from $860.7 million last year to $1.02 billion this year.

Due to Missouri’s stronger than projected financial position, Governor Parson announced the release of over $38 million in general revenue in October 2020 and $119 million in January 2021. Monday’s announcement represents the remainder of the FY21 restrictions and includes funding for the following agencies:

 

  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
  • Department of Revenue
  • Office of Administration
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Economic Development
  • Department of Commerce and Insurance
  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Department of Social Services 
  • Office of the Attorney General

 




Weekend Report- February 27-28, 2021

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 9:10am Sunday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Desiree Lee of Gerald, MO was on Sunbeam Road when she suffered a medical issue, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike several trees.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Hillsboro man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in St. Louis County.  37 year old Jason May was westbound on I-255 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his vehicle to hit the median wall before overturning in the westbound lanes.  He was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

ST. LOUIS MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A St. Louis man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon in Jefferson County.  62 year old Billy Dicus was riding his motorcycle on US 61 when it ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




February 26, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS THE STATE IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS ON COVID-19

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson had good news for Missourians during his COVID-19 update Thursday.

Parson said Missouri has made incredible progress in a short amount of time.

Positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to decline in the state.

The 7-day positivity rate in Missouri is now at 6.1%.

According to the CDC, Missouri is now 2nd in the nation for average daily cases over the past seven days.

The Show-Me State plans to activate Plan 1A Tier B on Monday, March the 15th allowing approximately 500,050 more Missourians to become eligible to receive the vaccine.

The next phase will focus on the workers who are depended on to keep our day-to-day lives operating normally including K-12 teachers, child care providers, grocery store employees, energy, food, agriculture and other critical infrastructure workers.

 

This will allow Missourians, businesses, healthcare systems, pharmacies and local healthcare agencies to start planning to vaccinate the next group of Missourians.

A full list of tier 3 categories is now available on their website www.mostopscovid.com.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES MULTIPLE BILLS THURSDAY

 

The use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line cutting through Missouri would be banned under a bill heading to the state Senate.

The Missouri House voted 123-33 Thursday in favor of the bill.
The measure would prevent the use of property owners' land for the Grain Belt Express power line without their permission.
The high-voltage power line would carry wind energy from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.

The Republican-led Missouri House has passed another bill to require voter photo identification at the polls.
Lawmakers voted 109-46 in favor of the legislation.
The bill is aimed at addressing a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last year that permanently blocked a central provision of a 2016 voter ID law.
That law required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement to cast a regular ballot.
The new bill would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Monday, February 22 at approximately 1:25 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of W Boulevard in reference to a car fire.  Responding personnel found that a vehicle was being towed after having mechanical issues, when the tow operator noticed a small fire in the engine compartment.  The fire was extinguished in that area with nothing beyond the engine compartment having damage.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Monday, February 22 at approximately 1:20 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the US Highway 54 bypass approximately 1 mile south of E. Liberty in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that a 2004 Buick, being driven by David W Brenneke, age 82 of Iowa, was traveling eastbound (north) on the bypass when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2007 Acura which was being driven westbound (south) by Cole D Grimes, age 20, of Vandalia.  MPSD used extrication equipment to remove Grimes from his car and he was treated by staff from Audrain Ambulance District.  An MU Staff For Life helicopter responded but Grimes was pronounced dead at that scene before he could be transported to a hospital.  Brenneke and his passenger, Joyce A Brenneke, age 85 of Iowa, were both found to be dead prior to emergency responder arrival.  The bypass was closed and traffic detoured until about 2:58 PM.  The incident is still under investigation.

 

On Monday, February 22 at approximately 9:33 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of N Kentucky in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found that the resident of the home was warming grease on the stove and left the room for a few minutes before hearing smoke detectors sounding.  The resident returned to the kitchen to find fire in the area of the stovetop.  The resident extinguished the fire and called 911.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Residents are reminded that a leading cause of house fires is unattended cooking.  Residents are also reminded not to attempt to extinguish grease fires with water or move a burning pan.  Grease fires should be smothered by placing a lid over the fire, using a fire extinguisher, or using baking soda, but only if the fire is small enough where that can be done safely.

 




February 25, 2021

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL LIMITING COVID-19 LAWSUITS

 

Missouri senators have passed a bill to shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.
The GOP-led Senate voted 20-13 in favor of the bill.
The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson has been pushing lawmakers to pass legislation protecting businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Supporters say businesses shouldn't be punished for trying to help during the pandemic.
But critics say the measure primarily helps big businesses and would limit people's access to the courts.

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL CRACKING DOWN ON PROTESTERS BLOCKING TRAFFIC

 

Missouri protesters who repeatedly block traffic without permission could face felony charges under a bill advancing in the state Senate.
Senators on Tuesday gave the measure initial approval.
The measure follows protests last summer in the St. Louis area over the death of George Floyd, including demonstrations that blocked major highways.
Republican critics have argued the protest method might block ambulances and puts demonstrators at risk of being hit.
Blocking traffic without permission would first be punished as an infraction under the bill.
A third offense would be a felony.
Violators would face up to four years in prison.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN SUSPECTS IN TUESDAY VEHICLE COLLISION

 

Columbia Police have detained two subjects involved in a vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday in the 2700 block of Forum Blvd.  The suspect vehicle was linked to two separate incidents that occurred during the day.

At approximately 8:54 a.m. on Feb. 23, Columbia Police responded to a report of a domestic assault that occurred in the parking lot of the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Dr. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and were not able to locate the vehicle.

Through reports of witness accounts, officers learned that the suspect vehicle was a navy blue four-door Cadillac sedan with an adult male and female occupant.

At approximately 1:46 p.m., officers were dispatched to a trespassing at Break Time, 4105 W. Vawter School Rd.  While en route, officers learned that the reported trespassers matched the description of the subjects from the earlier domestic disturbance. 

Officers located the suspect vehicle near the 500 block of East Nifong and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. Due to unsafe surroundings, officers did not initiate a pursuit at that time.

Officers located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Forum Boulevard and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled again, and officers pursued. Shortly after the suspect vehicle fled, it crashed under the bridge on Forum Boulevard near Wilson’s Fitness Center and subsequently went into a nearby creek. 

At this time, both subjects have been transported to a local emergency room for further evaluation. One subject is known to have an outstanding warrant. No additional charges have been made at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later.  

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




February 24, 2021

 

MISSOURI’S COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATE IS DECLINING

 

New COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Missouri.

The state's current positivity rate is 6.4%, down from a high of 24.4% in November.

Governor Mike Parson says the spread is slowing in the state thanks to citizens practicing preventative measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing.

He says this, combined with the vaccine, is how the state will win the battle against COVID-19.

Parson adds as supply of the vaccine increases, more and more Missourians will have a chance to receive the shot.once supply is consistent. Missouri vaccinators will have the capacity to administer nearly 50,000 vaccines per day.

Recently, 102 Missouri retail pharmacies were selected to receive a total of more than 18,000 vaccine doses per week. These vaccines will come from federal allocation for the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and do not come from the state's weekly allocation.

 

MISSOURI STATE HOUSE INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN EMINENT DOMAIN USE FOR WIND ENERGY

 

Missouri's Republican-led state House is trying to ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line.
Lawmakers in a voice vote Tuesday advanced a bill to prevent the use of property owners' land for the Grain Belt Express power line without their permission.
The high-voltage power line would carry wind energy from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.
The eminent domain ban wouldn't apply to lines with substations every 50 miles.

That's designed to encourage companies to give Missouri residents greater access to energy off the line.

 

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MAN FATALLY SHOT BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTY

 

Livingston County authorities have identified a 34-year-old man who was shot and killed by a deputy last week.

Authorities say Timothy Frandson, of Marceline, was shot Friday.

The sheriff's office said the shooting occurred when the deputy responded to an accident on Highway 36 near Chillicothe.

When they were inside the patrol car, Frandson reportedly began hitting the deputy with a microphone.

The deputy shot Frandson at least once. He died at the scene.

The deputy was treated for moderate injuries and released from the hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was investigating the shooting.

 

 




February 23, 2021

 

MAN KILLED IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Florissant man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12am Tuesday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 33 year old Anthony Hayes was westbound on I-70 when he lost control and his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a guardrail, partially ejecting him from the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES IMPROVED HOME HEATING BILL ASSISTANCE THROUGH LIHEAP ENERGY CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAM

 

Last Week Governor Parson announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Crisis Intervention Program will improve assistance offered to eligible low-income Missourians.

When a household’s energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection, the winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which runs November through May, pays the minimum amount needed on the fuel bill to get the household out of crisis. Starting this winter, ECIP will pledge the maximum disconnect amount (up to $800) toward an eligible participant’s owed balance.

In FY2020, Missouri provided $78.6 million in LIHEAP assistance to over 108,000 households. In addition to meeting the income criteria, low-income Missourians must also meet the following criteria to be eligible for winter heating assistance through LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs,
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

 

It is very important for low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming to get help now to prevent service disconnection at a later date. Missourians can submit the LIHEAP application form online.

Missourians in need of information on LIHEAP, Food Stamp, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov. Individuals can also apply for these services 24/7 online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov.

 

Missourians with questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant for immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Phone assistance is also available, call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636 Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 




February 22, 2021

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER FATALLY SHOOTING 13 YEAR OLD BOY

 

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy while playing with guns in a Missouri home.
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shelton said in an email that Cameron White was sentenced Friday after agreeing to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the October 2019 death of Dajion Harris.
White, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was previously charged with second-degree murder.
The probable cause statement says White told a woman that Harris asked White to shoot him as they were getting high and playing with guns in Columbia.

 

SUSPECT DEAD, LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTY INJURED AFTER OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

A suspect is dead and a western Missouri deputy is injured after the suspect allegedly attacked the deputy while inside the patrol car. The incident happened Friday night in Livingston County near Chillicothe.

The sheriff's department says a one-vehicle accident was reported on U.S. 36 and an arriving deputy found the vehicle unoccupied but noticed foot tracks in the snow.

A press release said the deputy then spotted a man coming toward him making comments that raised fears that the man had mental health problems.

The deputy and the man were speaking inside the deputy's vehicle when the man allegedly began attacking him.

The deputy fatally shot the suspect.

 

BRUTAL FEBRUARY WEATHER LEADS TO EARLY POTHOLE SEASON

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews are focusing on pothole repair through April. When you see a MoDOT crew making repairs, motorists should slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. Crews started working to address the pesky potholes as soon as there was a break in the weather last week. MoDOT will have about 300 pothole patching crews statewide working to make roadways safer. In 2020, MoDOT patched approximately 760,000 potholes spending $18 million on pothole patching. 

“While following COVID-19 social distancing procedures, MoDOT is working as hard as we can to fill the potholes quickly,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT state maintenance director. “Brutally cold temperatures coupled with ice and snow throughout February have led to a high number of potholes blossoming on Missouri highways already. We ask motorists to please be patient with us as the repairs are being done.”

MoDOT maintains 34,000 miles of road including interstates, U.S. and Missouri routes and lettered routes.

Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day but continue to be cold at night. The rain and snow from winter leave moisture that seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement. Frozen water in cracks and under the surface of the roadway causes the pavement to bulge and bend. Then when ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement. When cars and trucks drive over the bulging pavement, it weakens the roadway eventually causing chunks of pavement or asphalt to pop out, creating potholes.

Short-term repairs are made using a cold asphalt mix with a priority to fill the deepest potholes first. The long-term fix, a hot asphalt mix, isn’t effective until temperatures remain warm for a prolonged period.

 




Weekend Report- February 20-21, 2021

 

TWO INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

Two people from Hillsboro were injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25pm Saturday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 79 year old Robert Dittmaier was on Route A when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, crossed over Morgan Road and struck a tree.  Both the driver and his passenger 78 year old Joan Dittmaier were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN LINCOLN COUNTY WRECK

 

A Winfield man was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County.  38 year old Lucas Perlow was on Highway 47 when he slowed to check on a prior crash and his truck was struck in the rear by a truck driven by 50 year old Clayton Maxwell of Moscow Mills.  Lucas Perlow was taken to Mercy Hospital Lincoln for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

Two drivers were injured in a Friday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 33 year old John Schupp of St. Clair was on MO 47 when he became distracted and inattentive to what was happening in front of him as he didn’t notice that a truck driven by 35 year old Christopher Gilmore of St. Clair had stopped in traffic and he began stopping/sliding and the front of his car struck the truck in the rear.  Both men sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

  




February 19, 2021

 

ORSCHELN FARM AND HOME ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY.

 

According to a news release, Tractor Supply Company and Orscheln Farm and Home have agreed to merge.  The release states that Orscheln Farm and Home Board Chairman William Orscheln announced the merger to employees Wednesday.  Orscheln says he believes Tractor Supply Company is a good fit for the Moberly based company.  Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail chain in the U.S.  Orscheln said in a statement that “Tractor Supply and Orscheln Farm and Home have tremendous respect for one another” and that the companies “share similar culture and values.” Orscheln also said that the companies have complementary skills and knowledge. Orscheln has grown over the last 60 years from a single store in Sedalia to 167 stores in 11 states. TSC operates more than 1900 stores in 49 states.

 

MISSOURI TRAFFIC FATALITIES INCREASE 12 PERCENT

 

Preliminary reporting for 2020 indicates Missouri traffic fatalities increased by 12% compared to the previous year. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 989 lives were lost in Missouri traffic crashes in 2020, up from 881 in 2019.

“Nearly every fatal crash that occurs is preventable,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information and Education Director, Cpt. John Hotz. “Over 90% of these crashes were the result of someone simply making a poor decision, primarily: driving too fast, driving distracted or driving impaired. Many of those killed were not wearing a seat belt."

Despite traffic volumes in the state being significantly down for much of the year, Missouri experienced its largest number of traffic fatalities since 2007. In particular, there were notable increases in unbuckled and speed related fatalities, with both experiencing approximately a 25% increase from the previous year. In 2020, 67% of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes were unbuckled and preliminary numbers indicate 389 people were killed in crashes involving excessive speed or driving too fast for conditions. In addition, there were 126 pedestrians killed in 2020 –the largest number of pedestrian fatalities in Missouri ever recorded.

“The pandemic reminded us even if a large portion of vehicles are removed from the roadways, poor driving behaviors still have significant and often deadly consequences.” said MoDOT State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “We continue to work diligently in achieving the ultimate goal – zero traffic fatalities in Missouri. This year, we’re excited to introduce Missouri’s new strategic plan, a tool we hope will help us eventually reach that goal.”

Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, Driving Missouri Toward Safer Roads, identifies four key focus areas to help turn the tide: occupant protection (seat belts, car seats and helmets), distracted driving, speed and aggressive driving, and impaired driving. More than that, the plan identifies ways all Missourians can help reduce the number of fatalities on Missouri roadways. Show-Me Zero includes strategies for families and individuals as well as groups such as schools, businesses, local public agencies, law enforcement, health organizations, and statewide officials.

“So, how can you help? Ultimately, our success will be dependent upon everyone’s willingness to take personal responsibility for safely using the transportation system and demanding others do the same,” Hood said.

 




February 18, 2021

 

RURAL COUNTIES ARE BOTH THE MOST AND LEAST EFFECTIVE AT DELIVERING THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN MISSOURI

 

Rural Missouri counties are both the most and least successful at getting COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of residents.
That's according to data from the state's coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday.
Shelby County, with just 6,400 residents in a remote area of northeast Missouri, has provided at least one dose of the vaccine to 20.7% of residents.
Monroe, Knox, Gasconade and Linn Counties are also in the top 15 counties by percent vaccinated.
Among the top 15 counties for vaccinations, only Cape Girardeau County has more than 50,000 residents.
Many of the lower ranked counties by percent vaccinated are in rural portions of far southern Missouri.

Pulaski County, with 52,000 residents, has the lowest vaccination rate at just 4.2%, followed by other outstate counties.

 

MORE DETAILS ARISE ABOUT MISSING KANSAS CITY AREA WOMAN FOUND DEAD

 

KTVO has now learned more details about the case of a missing Kansas City area woman who was found dead.

Major Tony Kirkendoll with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said the body of Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, Missouri, was discovered shortly after noon on Tuesday on a farm in northwest Caldwell County.

The area is approximately 65 miles northeast of Parker's home in Gladstone. Parker, who had dementia, had driven away from home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

Kirkendoll told KTVO a farm worker stumbled across Parker's car parked at the end of a rural county road. No one was in the vehicle. The man then searched around the area and found Parker's body on the ground a short distance away.

Investigators said it appeared the body had been there a while because it was covered in snow.

Kirkendoll said no foul play is suspected, and he doesn't believe an autopsy will be performed.

He said Parker did not have any known ties to the area where her body was discovered.

Caldwell County Coroner Dana Brown would not comment on the cause or manner of death.

Parker, who suffered from dementia, drove away from her home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

 

QUINCY WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER CRASH THAT KILLED RUSHVILLE WOMAN AND HER THREE GRANDCHILDREN FROM KIRKSVILLE

 

A woman from Quincy who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder after a fatal car crash in August of 2020 appeared in court on Wednesday morning for a status hearing.

Natasha McBride appeared briefly in front of Judge Robert Adrian with her court appointed attorney Todd Nelson, according to court documents.

Judge Adrian scheduled the next status hearing for March 10 at 9:15 a.m.

McBride was traveling westbound on Broadway when she crashed into a vehicle traveling northbound on 4th Street.

According to a witness statement, the driver was driving at a high rate of speed and ran the red light over her on 4th, collided with another car and resulted in a chain of other accidents," QPD Lieutenant Jeff Nevin said at the time of last year's accident.

McBride faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jennifer Hendricks, 54, Rushville, and her three grandchildren 6-year-old Dakota Corrick, 4-year-old Archer Corrick and 1-year-old Ransom Corrick. The boys lived in Kirksville, Mo.

In addition to murder, McBride is facing a number of other charges as well.

McBride, 37, is in the Adams County Jail on a $5,000,000 bond.

 

 




February 17, 2021

 

MISSOURI BRACES FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION

 

Another round of wintry weather will move into the state overnight, bringing accumulating snow to roads that are expected to refreeze in bitterly cold temperatures. Snow is expected to move into the state in the early morning hours and continue throughout the day Wednesday. Snow totals of from 1 to 2 inches are forecast for the I-70 corridor with up to 5 inches possible along the I-44 corridor and the southern part of the state.

The Missouri Department of Transportation warns drivers to use caution on the Wednesday morning commute. If possible, stay off the roads until the snow has stopped falling.

Chemicals used to treat the roads lose their effectiveness in the bitterly cold temperatures that are expected to remain through Wednesday. Any thawing that occurs during daylight hours will likely refreeze overnight causing patches of black ice and slippery road conditions, particularly on elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. Please watch out for snowplows and give them plenty of room to work.

Additionally, rolling blackouts through western portions of the state will render traffic signals inoperative. Remember, when a traffic light is not functioning, the intersection is to be treated as a four-way stop with drivers alternating crossing.

Check all current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also find road conditions and warnings by following MoDOT on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

MISSING KANSAS CITY WOMAN FOUND DEAD

 

An elderly Kansas City area woman missing since last Friday has been found dead.

A Tuesday afternoon update from the Missouri State Highway Patrol provided no further details about where Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, Missouri, was located or how she died.

Parker, who suffered from dementia, drove away from her home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

KTVO is awaiting a call back from the Gladstone Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. We will pass along any further details we receive about Parker’s death.

 

MILAN MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD

 

Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a northeast Missouri man last week.

Those tips were about social media profiles suspected of sending child pornography.

Based on the tips, a detective from the Kirksville Police Department's Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit has spent the past few months investigating, and he linked the social media profiles to Billy Schrepfer, 38, of Milan, Missouri.

The suspect is now charged with attempted enticement of a child. Schrepfer is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

Investigators said that on February 8, 2021, a detective used an undercover social media profile where he claimed to be a 12-year-old girl to contact Schrepfer.

They said within 90 minutes of the undercover persona identifying herself as a 12-year-old, Schrepfer turned the conversation to “sex.”

Police said on February 11, 2021, Schrepfer arranged to meet who he believed was the girl at her home in Kirksville to engage in sexual activity.

When he arrived in the 1000 block of North Osteopathy Street, he was placed under arrest by the officers who were waiting for him.

 




February 16, 2021

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 10% OF MISSOURIANS HAVE BEGUN VACCINATION PROCESS

 

State health officials say just over 10% of the state's residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health department data on Monday shows 873,675 vaccine doses were distributed, with 239,293 people receiving both doses.
Gov. Mike Parson on Sunday announced more mass vaccination sites for the week but residents were urged to call ahead to ensure the events were not postponed because of frigid weather and snow that has settled over the state.
On Monday, Missouri reported 471,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,455 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

MISSOURI SCRAPS PLAN TO PROCESS FERAL HOG MEAT TO HELP FEED THE POOR

 

Missouri will not move ahead with a plan to process feral hog meat to help feed poor people after conservation officials said the invasive animals don't meet food safety standards.
The Missouri Department of Conservation sends the nonprofit Conservation Federation of Missouri a state grant annually for its Share the Harvest program, which allows deer hunters to donate venison to poor people.
But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that this year, the conservation department left $300,000 budgeted for the program on the table after lawmakers required the money to be spent on processing feral hog meat in addition to deer meat.

 

ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR KANSAS CITY AREA WOMAN

 

An elderly woman from the Kansas City, Missouri, area has been missing since last Friday morning.

The Gladstone Police Department has issued an Endangered Silver Advisory for Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, who has the early stages of dementia.

She was last heard from her Gladstone residence at 10 a.m. on Friday. That was the last contact anyone who knows her has had with her.

Law enforcement officials believe she is driving a maroon 2013 Honda Accord with personalize Missouri plates, DOT-BOB. Her direction of travel is unknown. Parker is a white female, 5’2” tall, weighing 118 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone seeing the missing person or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 or call the Gladstone Police Department at 816-436-3550.

 




February 15, 2021

 

CITY SENDS OUT ALERT CONCERNING NATURAL GAS PRICES

 

Notice to the City of Montgomery natural gas users - we received the following message from our natural gas supplier:

"To all natural gas users. We are getting bad warnings from our natural gas supplier that the supply system in the Midwest is having major problems and the natural gas costs are skyrocketing. You may want to keep your thermostats as low as possible during the continued arctic blast through next week as bills for the month could be very high. Please be careful and stay safe."

As of 10:30 a.m. February 13, 2021 we have received three bad warnings already, we have never received one in the past.

Please remember that we bill a month behind for utility services. Example: the bill that will be mailed out next week will be for January usage. You will not receive February usage until March.

 

ST. LOUIS AREA PSYCHIATRIST AND CEO SON IDENTIFIED AS THE TWO MEN KILLED IN NEMO PLANE CRASH

 

Authorities say a St. Louis-area psychiatrist and his son were killed when their plane crashed last week in northern Missouri.
The crash killed Philip Joseph LeFevre III, 82, of Glendale, and Philip Joseph LeFevre IV, 47, of Sunset Hills.
The younger LeFevre was the president and CEO of Lending Partners.
Their single-engine Cessna went down 
Monday in Grundy County, but the wreckage was not found until Tuesday afternoon in a remote area about a mile southeast of Galt, Missouri.
KTVO learned from Federal Aviation Administration records that the aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing in a farm field and struck a tree, causing it to crash.
 Sheriff Rodney Herring said the aircraft was traveling from Moberly to Kirksville, but it went far off-track before the crash. The plane had taken off from the airport in Downtown St. Louis prior to flying to Moberly.
The two men's bodies were found in the plane. 

 

HANNIBAL MAN ARRESTED AFTER FORCING HIS WAY INTO HOME

 

A Missouri man is behind bars after forcing his way into a home with a gun early Friday morning.

The Hannibal Police Department officers responded to the call in the 200 block of South 10th Street at 4:11 a.m.

A female said that a male identified as James Paul Holman, 44, of Hannibal had forced his way into her home.

Police say Holman got into an altercation with a female, left, shot the tire of a vehicle parked at the residence and backed into the same vehicle as he fled the scene.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

Holman was arrested at 10:14 a.m. Friday near Munger and Colfax streets.

Police say a handgun was recovered during the arrest.

He's charged with Burglary, Domestic Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Receiving Stolen Property.

He remains in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

 




Weekend Report- February 13-14, 2021  

 

MODOT: GET WHERE YOU’RE GOING AHEAD OF INCOMING SNOWFALL, STAY PUT

 

Accumulating snowfall will affect driving conditions for most of the state in the coming days. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to get wherever they need to be ahead of the storm and avoid traveling during these coming waves of snowfall Sunday and Monday.  

According to the National Weather Service, many areas of the state could see anywhere from 2-6 inches of snow, with the highest amounts expected along and south of I-70, starting Sunday morning. Some areas may see a lull in snowfall Sunday afternoon, but a second wave in the evening will bring steady snow, likely lasting through Monday. Monday morning and evening commutes will be impacted. Drivers who must travel in these conditions should plan ahead and allow extra time to take it slow, and remember to also:

  • Buckle up.
  • Stay alert—phones down.
  • See and be seen—if your wipers are on, your headlights should be on.
  • Give snowplows room to work. Don’t tailgate or try to pass.

This snowfall will again be accompanied by dangerously cold temperatures. If you must travel during the storm, make sure to have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves, and provisions like water and snacks in the event of an emergency. Keep your cellphone charged, but do not use it while driving. In the event of a crash, stay buckled inside your vehicle until help arrives.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Linn man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:35am Saturday in Osage County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Joseph Voss was on MO 89 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence, a tree and a post before coming to a rest.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

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